When people meet me they see the unkempt facial hair and questionable mop on the back of my head and they can weigh me up pretty well.
Then I start to speak and it’s confirmed – this is definitely a pretty rough chap.
And I’m not one to try and mystify or tart it up, I’ll call a spade a spade. What you see really is what you get. I do have a lot of the same t-shirts for example.
But this isn’t always the best thing for when it comes to selling ourselves.
I tell you how I like to work wood fast with some naff hand tools and you’re hearing “Rough + Rough = Rough”.
It’s not what you want to hear if you’re looking to learn how to build something worth showing off.
So when we read this comment on the Chair Build the other day we both chuckled. Then thought… perfect!
Your banged up workbench/shop, your shitty old tools would all lead to someone thinking your work is going to be a bit low grade but it’s incredibly accurate.
I watch ALOT of woodworking videos and your style of teaching and production is first class – I really hope you continue to turn these out…. – Jaime C
So it’s a bit of a contradiction, but having an efficient approach to woodworking and using cheap old hand tools has never been an excuse for turning out rough furniture.
Quite the opposite, I feel a craftsman should always take pride in his work, right down to perfecting the point on his pencil or brewing his tea.
Aim for perfection because your work should be strong and it should be beautiful. It’s strength will endure real use and it’s beauty demands respect which means it will be looked after.
Hair grows on my face.
By some wisdom it might be considered rough to leave it there but I’ve never really heard of a good reason why this is the case.
There are numerous short cuts that I’ll take with my woodworking to make sure that the job can be done productively. And there are numerous reasons that I don’t use posh tools (some practical, some just sentimental).
But If a craftsman analyses my furniture and spots the short cuts I hope to please them. Instead of rough stubble they should see purpose.
But if a customer views my furniture they should always see perfection.
In my world Rough + Rough = Fine.
Thanks Jaime, you really made my day.
As you can see we’re coming to the end of our chair build.
You can find all of the updated details here if you’d like to have a go at building your own chair.