|Forum topic by AngieO||posted 146 days ago||1215 views||0 times favorited||60 replies|
146 days ago
While I am frustrated at the comment that was made to me and I realize that connotation is lost in writing sometime… Know that I take it all in stride and laugh.
So… I had a comment made to me. I guess it was more of a question. “So… you think you want to be a woodworker?”. At first I hesitated because I felt like it was not really a real question and more just someone taunting me. Yes. this person is a man. But I don’t feel like most men are like him. My response… “No”. He looked at me a bit puzzled and as he started to make his next comment I replied… “I DID want to be a woodworker… but now…I AM a woodworker.” I went on to tell him that I always dreamed of doing this and that over the last year I actually made it happen. The response I got was a roll of the eyes. LOL
So the conversation did continue and I realized that the reason I was asked the question in that way was because this person wanted me to make them something. LOL! Not the best approach. :) I guess he thought that if he made me feel like I was not a ”real” woodworker that I’d feel challenged and then feel a need to prove myself and commit to something before I thought about it. This person wants me to make them a guitar. I laughed! Just because I am a woodworker… doesn’t mean I can make ANYTHING that is made out of wood. And it doesn’t mean I think I’m as talented as any other guy out there. I know my limitations. There are certain things I can’t do… YET! And there are things that I don’t even want to do.
For example… I have no desire to do any kind of wood carving. Or intarsia. Not interested. I think they are totally cool and love to look at others work. But it’s not something I’m interested in making myself. And there are other things that I just can’t do yet. As I do more and more projects my skills will build and I will venture out to more and more things. A guitar??? I think that takes some skills that I do not yet have. And… I don’t know if I want to make a guitar. I’m not doing this to make a living at it. So it is something that I enjoy and I get to choose what I make.
I just think it is funny that this guy thought he could question me that way in order to get me to do what he wanted. But it takes more than that to offend me. And my answer to him was very nice. This guy is an excellent musician. Best voice I ever heard and he is great on the guitar as well. So I told him that the kind of guitar that he’d like and want was something out of my reach at this time. He suggested a class. I told him that if he was willing to pay for the class, the materials and my time… I would certainly think about it. He still sounded interested in me making one for him. Of course… I think that it would be a wiser investment to just spend that money on a nice one. But he still insisted he wanted me to make one. We’ll see if he still feels that when he finds out how much it would cost.
So… I definitely know that my work is not that of a find craftsman who has been doing it for years. But I do have a passion for woodworking. This is not a temporary ride to see if I like it. This is something that I plan on always doing. It’s not something I see as a career. Yeah, I’d like to make some things and sell them. But that’s mostly so that I can buy more tools and more wood. And so that I can get to make more and more things. Eventually… I’ll run out of places for the things I make. LOL.
So… NO… I don’t want to be a woodworker… I AM a woodworker!