Does Your Love Of Woodworking Carry Over to Other Artistic Things?

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Forum topic by Cricket posted 07-16-2014 11:25 PM 1544 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2014 11:25 PM

I firmly believe that woodworking is far more than the skills you learn. It is an art.

I am curious if your love for woodworking carries over to others types of art.

Do you sculpt? Paint? Craft?

For some reason, when I watched this video it made me think of the magic many of you create with your woodworking projects…

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#1 posted 07-16-2014 11:38 PM

Cricket I draw on occasion and have been know to make metal sculptures.

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 11:38 PM

I think about other things occasionally, but realistically I don’t have time for anything else.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-16-2014 11:45 PM

Cool video Cricket and a thought provoking topic….

In high school, I was a really bad student as far as attention span was concerned…..I would draw original doodles and other assorted works in pencil on the school desks during class. Most teachers would just fail me out of spite, but I had one English teacher that pulled me aside and said something to the effect of… need to pursue your desk art…....

Kind of forgot about that until your post…....sorry, no pictures…..!

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#4 posted 07-16-2014 11:46 PM

I started painting in oil when I was 10 and took art in college. I started turning in my mid 50’s and it’s just another form of art; I look at shape, colour, angles, contrast etc. I’m a chronic doodler and have a woodworking sketchbook that I’m filling with ideas and things I’ve seen and admire.

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#5 posted 07-16-2014 11:49 PM

i don’t really do any other artistic stuff besides woodworking but this video makes me want to try clay turning, I thing it could be something me and the wife would get into

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#6 posted 07-16-2014 11:58 PM

The main “learned” talent (if you will) has been to proceed in any task with thought, study, and patience.
Early years in the craft were driven by my enthusiasm and speed of the task at hand. Needless to say the results were less than good. Certainly not great.
Artistry is a balance of skill and fore thought.
Sorry to say that there were years wasted, but it was a learning time.
Of course better equipment has helped, but I wish I had spent more time learning the intrinsic points as a younger woodworker.
Still learning to this day.


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#7 posted 07-16-2014 11:59 PM

That looks like fun. Kind of like wood turning where you create something as it is turning and the wood tells you what it wants to be!! I’d like to try that!!

I like to work with metal,- brass , aluminum and steel, too! I try to incorporate some metal in many of my wood projects. I think it is a good addition to nice piece of wood.


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#8 posted 07-17-2014 12:00 AM

I think it can be an art Cricket but a lot guys can’t make that step. They are truly skills guys and nothing artistic about what they do it more about a cut list and putting something together. Get outside of that and they are lost.

I like artistic stuff and overall art. I don’t consider myself good, just manage to be better than average without much work. My wife always points out that for some reason what ever I do ends up just looking good. Selecting flowers/plants for a flower bed, making a cake, braiding my daughters hair, picking out furniture at different stores that actually goes together, etc…. Growing up I did a lot of art stuff.. made a loom and made a tapestry, pottery, painted, etc…. I continued until I got to college and then was no longer comfortable with the “art” crowd because it wasn’t so much about making art but more about trying to torment yourself. Seamed like you had to stop bathing, smoke a lot, be sleep deprived, and try to find the most discrete band to stamp you as an artist.

Every once and a while I might grab some colored pencils or charcoal and get away but really don’t do much as always other things that need to be done.

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#9 posted 07-17-2014 12:05 AM

Yes, I would agree. I’ve explored many other mediums when I was young, especially photography. I was the school newspaper and yearbook photographer for four years in high school and my first year in college. I took a couple of art courses in college and even considered a career in medical illustrating as a result of encouragement from a doctor friend of my father. I ended up in a totally unrelated profession; but, my brother is an architect if that counts. It’s just that my medium of preference is wood.

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#10 posted 07-17-2014 12:15 AM

I was really into art when I was younger. I won some awards in high school and worked for a while as a freelance portrait artist. I don’t have much of my work anymore. But I worked in just about every medium from stone sculpture to oil paint. I still do some pen and ink pointillism occasionally.

The only finished oil painting I still have.

Pen and ink pointillism- it’s made using a fine point pen. You make thousands of little dots. Takes forever but I always enjoyed it.

The image is from the most reproduced photograph of all time. It was a depression era photo of a migrant mother in a 1930’s work camp.

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#11 posted 07-17-2014 12:16 AM

if i didnt have bad back problems, there are many forms of art i would love to pursue, as woodworking would go i would love to have become a carving artist, both of my sisters can draw and even though i didnt do any drawing, i can feel it inside, i see some of these marvelous carvers here on lumberjocks and they inspire me to want to go way beyond my creative abilities…this video is awesome, i could love this form of creativity…

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#12 posted 07-17-2014 12:20 AM

holy cow nubs, you is one good artist…i love this…with a talent like this, you could go far, you might even be able to create jigs ona woodworking blog….;) might want to pursue what im saying here nubs…this could be the beginning of a woodworking show even…lol..just had to nubs…;)

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#13 posted 07-17-2014 12:24 AM

I am so loving reading your responses. Nubs, you are seriously gifted. WOW!

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#14 posted 07-17-2014 12:27 AM

I build stained glass windows and lamps.

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#15 posted 07-17-2014 12:36 AM

Gifted? In school they called me “special”. I even got to sit right behind the bus driver and wear a seat belt. The other kids wouldn’t play with me but I was fine with that. More paste for me to eat…

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