So today is my official one year anniversary for my blog! I didn’t even realize it until I was sitting down to write a post for get woodworking week. As I was looking for my entry from last year I realized my first post was my contribution to this special week. So I have decided to re-state part of the original post, because it is just as valid as it was last year. Plus it makes me laugh. Enjoy!
Why start a blog now? Great question. I hope this blog to be about my woodworking experience, but I think it will contain other things I think are important to me as well. I am fairly new to social media (just look at my followers on facebook, twitter and Google+, not many!) But I do follow a bunch of fellow woodworkers on these platforms, some at the start of the path I am currently on. But what a fantastic bunch of guys and gals! The free flowing of information is great and sometimes almost instantaneous. I don’t give my opinion on things I know a lot about, because I am still hesitant to jump in the digital stream, although I am trying to get better at it. But I do follow some really knowledgeable people, and also those with a thirst for that knowledge! This week the blog world is hosting “get woodworking week” hopefully to get people to try this wonderful hobby. So this is my little contribution to their great idea. It’s also a great reason to start this blog! If you’ve never tried woodworking I would encourage you to find other woodworkers in your area to share their enthusiasm and hopefully to push you to just do it, you won’t regret it. The ability to start with an idea and to work that through to a completed project is like no other feeling. I can’t put into words the sense of pride you get. Also the self-discipline, self-confidence and sense of accomplishment it gives you are immeasurable. I think it is one of the things that is greatly missed in today’s schools, and I am saddened that “intellectuals” in the education system would fail to see that as they cut these types of programs out of their districts. (I’ll get off of my soapbox now). I started woodworking because “necessity is the mother of invention”. As a newly married couple, we didn’t have the money for furniture, so I bought or borrowed some basic woodworking tools and away I went. It doesn’t take a lot to get started, mostly just the desire to learn and to try something new. Don’t think about it, just do it. Go now, quit reading, start woodworking! So hopefully I find myself with the extra time to continue this blog. For those of you who, by some miracle, do find yourself reading this, I would really appreciate if you would give me feedback; good, bad or indifferent. I thank you for reading.
What a great and generous idea. Hopefully someone that truly knows what it is like to be bitten by the woodworking bug wins. Although my skills are still limited, I can’t get enough of this new found hobby, try to get to demos, classes and various clubs to meet like minded wood nuts as often as possible. Last year during some very difficult family tragedies, I found out the healing aspects of woodworking and how it can reduce stress, help you forget problems and give new meaning to this wild adventure we all go on, called life.
Just found your site by way of a link from MBW site.
Beautiful tools and shop, you’ve definitely worked hard to build your success.
Thanks for sharing and listening.
Thank you Dennis, those are very kind words. Woodworking for me is definitely a passion. I remember starting out with an even more basic tool set and going through the process of tuning them and that feeling I got first time I took them to the work piece and started making effortless shavings. I just want to share that feeling with someone and hopefully they’ll catch that same passion. And who knows, maybe one day they’ll pass it on to someone else and so on and so on.