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09-17-2012 01:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodworking woodcarving

I haven’t seen this question, so I’m going to ask…...

Why did you start woodworking, woodcarving, scrollsawing, etc?

I got started in woodcarving about 10 years ago. I was working at a GM factory (yes, they did exist) and they offered “self improvement class”. One of of which was woodcarving. I took it and fell in love with it. My dad always told me that your true hobby is something you get lost in. I will sit down and start to carve and the next thing I know, 2 hours have past. Now I travel to carvingshow in Indiana and Ohio throughout the year. I love this hobby.

How about you?

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 03:35 PM

Nope….I’m not a carver, just like I’m not a scroller….I can carve, because I’ve got the patience to do so, and have carved a couple of small things….it’s just not my “cup of tea” as they say (I don’t know who “they” are).....I like building larger projects such as furniture, shop furniture etc…..I’m not much of a carver, but I can whittle pretty good…..You ought to see me sharpen a pencil…..........!!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 03:45 PM

No carver here either. HOWEVER, I do support carvers and such by adding corbels and appliques to projects when and where I can. Some I can afford, some I cannot. I mostly just follow instructions to written plans at this point, though I stray on occasion.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 04:30 PM

I started because I looked at how much time I spent playing World of Warcraft, and figured “Hey, I could be half way to a Master level at something real”.

Plus I always wanted to woodwork ever since I was a kid, just never had the resources when I was younger.

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 04:50 PM

I love carving and sculpting. Time flies by, I am in heaven, my hands just seem to make the object I want.. has always feels like magic or a super power, and when I am done I look at my work like I just can’t believe I did this. It is a pleasure I have had all my life. I have a background in Industrial Design and Sculpture (worked 2 jobs and went 3/4 time at art college for 8 years) I just did my first tent show.. and it was really fun. It is hard to sell work and oneself out there and I learned a lot about myself and what people are interested in.

My father was a gunsmith, a carpenter, and engineer (I appreciate them in this order, LOL) and he taught me the basics of all I know from safety to detail work. One of the best compliments he has given me, is that he wishes he was able to get to the level of fine woodworking and art that I am. Both my parents taught me the importance of making things myself before I go spend money… I learned quality, confidence, and abilities others envy. BUT it took me until 40 years old before it all seemed to gel as a career. I will never stop learning and growing as a craftsmen and artist… I am lucky to have the notice of people who also see my work as important and thus I get to stay in a kind of bliss most of the week. I make my own stresses, I can make money at any time, doing most anything i want out there in the world, but i prefer to make pretty things with my hands. Carving.. love it!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 05:03 PM

I started because of my dad…doing Boy Scout stuff early and then taking shop classes in high school. It’s definitely something handed down, both in practice and in genetics.

Most every interest I have has both artist and scientific components. Woodworking fits the bill. It’s my way of creating something with tools, like my Astrophotography. I’ve never felt I could do much as an artist without tools, but with them I can derive great satisfaction not achievable otherwise.

I think it’s never done out of necessity…it’s about being satisfied and personal growth.

-- jay,

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#6 posted 09-17-2012 09:33 PM

I got into woodworking for the same reason I got into metalworking, auto mechanics and all types of DIY stuff; I like to work with my hands to create something. It gives one countless amounts of satisfaction (and sometimes grief).

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#7 posted 09-17-2012 10:08 PM

I was in 4H as a kid and did carpentry and built a shelf/coat rack that I still have 20 years later. I loved every bit of it. I married a carpenter’s daughter and he gave me his old Craftsman table saw one day when they visited. Over the last 7 or 8 years since then, I’ve built a respectable shop around it. I love building things for the house and shop stuff. I’ve built a dresser / changing table when my daughter was born, a desk for my wife, shelves all over the place, and my most recent project is a vanity for a bathroom remodel we’re doing.

I like taking straight wood and creating something out of it. I love the planning and thinking and creativity that goes into it. I love how I’ll see someone’s project they’ve done and they point out all the things that went wrong and all I see is a beautiful piece of furniture. The creator knows that piece inside and out but the rest of us just appreciate the beauty of it. Nothing like creating something from just pieces.

-- Dad: Someone was supposed to pick up his toys! Son: My name isn't "Someone".

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jim C

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#8 posted 09-17-2012 10:15 PM


Identical story here. My hands and brain loving working together, be it auto’s, metal or wood.
The only things I refuse to do is paint and wash windows.

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#9 posted 09-17-2012 11:07 PM

I started carpentry because I was raised that you did your own carpentry. I started woodworking because, knowing a little carpentry, I’d look at a piece of furniture and think “Shit, I can make that cheaper than what they’re asking”. What I fool I was. I might make it better and out finer materials but if I had to pay myself I’d be broke.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#10 posted 09-17-2012 11:27 PM

Just something about putting tool to wood that soothes the soul. I used to watch my dad woodworking in a tiny basement shop and as i got older i was able to do it with him and enjoyed it and the time we had together. So i kind of grew up doing it. I still enjoy it.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#11 posted 09-18-2012 01:13 AM

I used to carve a long time ago when I was into model railroading and only once did I use a scroll saw (borrowed). When I carved I carved figures, cars, and animals out of basswood and balsa for the model railroad.

That was small detail work which I could no longer do because my eyes are not that good!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Don W

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#12 posted 09-18-2012 01:23 AM

I can’t remember not doing it. I know I was about 12 or 14 when I built a shed for a workshop out of some recycled materials. I’ve been building, rebuilding, and restoring ever since.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#13 posted 09-18-2012 03:21 AM

When I was a kid my dad was a hardwood floor finisher by profession. Since he was self employed he would also do trim carpentry, framing, painting and furniture restoration and refinishing and anything else he could to earn a living. We lived on a farm and had chickens goats, pigs and cattle as well. Dad, though he would not have understood the word, was a Renaissance Man. At least he was to me. And, he encouraged me to work with wood.

Probably why I didn’t do it. Oh, I picked up a lot by just being around and watching what he did, but I was into mechanics, building machines with my Erector set, and electrical tinkering, building a crystal radio and an AM transmitter, and stinking up the house with my Gilbert Chemistry Set. They don’t make good toys any more. Heck, I was making my own gunpowder and using it to launch my own rockets in 1957, when I was 8.

One thing I know I share with a lot of other LumberJocks is an obsession with having every tool known to mankind. I started collecting tools when I was just a kid. My first toolset I can remember calling my own was a hammer, a coping saw, a folding rule, and a pair of pliers. My first power tools were a 1/4” drill, and a jigsaw. But, it wasn’t long till I shifted interest to electronics and got a soldering iron and a volt meter and nut drivers.

I went into electronics first, ham radio, television and electronics repair. Did this for about 3 years. Got tired of it; mainly the dealing with the public that knows the repair guy is just out to screw you, part of it. Then went into drafting at a new foundry being built in my home town. After a year I became a maintenance electrician, then controls specialist and later, after 8 years of night school, a project engineer. This pretty much stuck, been an engineer now for about 30 years.

Just got back to woodworking with a passion in the last 3 years. Now I wish I had paid more attention to my dad’s teaching.

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#14 posted 09-18-2012 03:43 AM

Your father gave you good advice

few find it

even fewer get good at it

: ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 09-18-2012 03:50 AM

For me

carving is the ultimate form of that which my soul can say thank you,

to those I love.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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