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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 11-03-2012 05:45 PM 569 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2012 05:45 PM

What drives you to be a wood worker?
Some do it for money, some because the trades brought them to it naturally, and others feel the urge to create most of all. We all may have all of these motivations or just a few and even more besides.

My story is simple. When I was a teenager I became interested in music. I played trumpet and got to the level of people like Maynard Ferguson, and Don Ellis, but as my life progressed, the 4-8 hours a day of practice became less and less until I never played again. Music isn’t a big part of my life anymore and I really don’t miss it that much because it wasn’t the act of playing music that I loved, it was the art of creating something from nothing.
To this day, seeing a piece of wood become something beautiful and useful in my hands is the most touching thing in my life. I don’t feel as though I’m an ape sitting on a rock in the vastness of space anymore. I feel like I can make beauty, just like the stars do.

What’s your story?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 07:11 PM

Strictly for enjoyment. Occasionally, though dumb luck, Something may emerge from my shop that has a use, or is at least interesting.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 07:46 PM

mainly was wanting a hobby and have always enjoyed building wife was wanting a new headboard awhile back and i told her to find a plan and i’ll try it.well i found the plan built it and it’s been downhill for me ever she has a list as long as a football field for me to least she doesn’t care if i buy any tools,so that’s a blessing!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 08:04 PM

It keeps me out of the bars mostly. I’m a hobbyist who works for his own pleasure and I occasionally sell a few things that I made. It helps me justify the expenses in my mind, but I have no illusions about trying to make a living at it.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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