I’ve often found that the most rewarding things in life come from learning something new. Of course it’s always been said that knowledge is power but I think for me it’s much more to do with setting small personal challenges and being able to reach them; there’s nothing better than being able to do something today that you didn’t think you were capable of yesterday.
The trouble though with pushing yourself to the limit all of the time is that everything you take on has to get progressively more complex. So once you’ve mastered the art of dovetailing you’ll probably want to tackle a half blind joint, and perhaps then the logical step to raising the bar is to go for a full blind mitred dovetail (if you succeed no one will know that it’s there so you better take a photo!). Eventually striving and pushing your skills to the max can simply strip away the fun so I’ve had to learn not to overlook the simple pleasure of building simple things.
The best times for me with my woodworking are when I set out to build something well within my limits. When there’s no distraction from the doubts created by a challenge then I can enjoy working for all of the reasons I love and there’s still a fantastic sense of achievement. The results may not be world class but it’s great to think you’ve completed something new and functional all within the space of an afternoon.
Still if we all thought like I do then we wouldn’t have things like this!
The link to this video was sent through to us a little while back by a good friend Chris Buckingham – Thanks Chris, this really did make me feel useless. Mind you if you put your wallet in it you’d never see it again!