Why I’m Salty About Woodworking

I had a realization this morning. For someone who wants to woodwork, I’m rather salty about woodworking.

Now, if you’ve read this blog for a little while–and it hasn’t been around for very long, so it won’t take much–you might have figured out some of it.

But some of it is my own fault, too, just to be fair.

Let’s get into some of the why’s, then I’ll talk about what I, personally, am doing to get past it.

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If I Were To Get Started Again, How Would I Do It?

The other day, I kvetched a little about when I was getting started, about how I felt like I couldn’t really because of the supposedly required tooling.

In truth, I don’t know that my complaints were legitimate. Not completely.

However, on the same token, I do feel like there’s a certain barrier to entry that exists in the craft, a certain elitism, for want of a better word.

You see, no matter where you look, there’s pressure to buy “the best” tools, and there’s a logic to it. Buy once, cry once and all that, plus let’s be honest. A lot of the premium tools really are better and not just expensive.

Vintage tools are awesome too, but they’re kind of intimidating to some people. They’re worried about trying to rehab a whole pile of tools before building anything. I get that. I enjoy it, but not everyone does. In truth, though, I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t have to.

So, if I were to decide for the very first time that I wanted to build furniture, here’s what I would probably do.

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Is This why the craft of woodworking doesn’t grow more?

This isn’t my first time trying to embrace woodworking. It’s really not.

Years ago, I explored the world of woodworking. I was a neophyte thirsting for knowledge. I only barely remember what triggered it. I think it was this weird desire to build a steampunk wood-encased computer keyboard. I was fascinated by the aesthetic of steampunk and wanted to bring a bit of it into my home.

Living in the era of the internet, I started looking for information. That led me to look at woodworking in general and all the awesome stuff people built but there was a bit of a problem.

The problem wasn’t unique in my experiences, either. Joel Moskowitz over at Tools For Working Wood hinted at it recently in a blog post he wrote. Continue reading