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Forum topic by AKSteve posted 02-26-2012 04:24 AM 858 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2012 04:24 AM

I have always loved working with my hands, but I have to say expressing it with wood has been such a wonderful experience for me. I have done alot of other things that required my hands like drawing and painting, working with Mechanics like Jet aircraft, on my own cars and motorcycles. I love working so much closer to Nature than what I am used to doing, it is amazing how you can mold it and shape it and create such objects of beauty, I wish I had started earlier in life, but hey it’s never to late to start I guess and it is such a challenge

There so many wonderfully talented people on this forum it is amazing. and the Knowledge is great. I see alot of people here who actually still love this after so many years of working with wood, I can see how it would be a life long passion for some, it must be something to see perfection in your own work, I know I have a long, long journey ahead of me, but I have some fullfillment in what I have accomplished so far. One Day I would love to see the Perfect Dovetail or the exact fit on a lap joint, it’s pretty amazing when I build something out of wood and it fits together nicely. My joints are horrendus right now, but I have already seen improvement.

anyway it’s just a few spiritual musings on my day in the shop. or maybe its just Jack talking. :)

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 04:07 AM

I’ve been doing this since age of 5. Made my own wooden toys for outside. Tractors, trucks, whatever imagination would come up with. We would bicycle to neighbors and help them build their toys too. Joined 4-H woodworking, then cabinet collage. I love it. After 50 years of playing with wood I STILL learn something new almost evertime I do something. To-date I still like to try and do what others say cannot be done, most of the time I am able to figure out a way to do it. (Lack of tools is a stumbling block at times, but most times you can accomplish a task without the tool designed, I think about the work the ancient craftsman did. What tools did they have ?
Have fun doing what you are doing ! I DO.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 09:25 AM

I agree with all of the above.

In addition, like most species, we are shaped by our environment. However, as a species we can also shape our environment. We have the ability to take a single thought and through the use of our minds, hands and tools make it a reality.

Thats what I most like about working with my hands. That and the fact that I can stand back and say

‘I made that’.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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