I promised myself this year, I would find time to learn how to make things from wood. It’s been hectic, but I’ve managed to get myself addicted to picking up Richard’s tools and making a few shavings and saw cuts. The only thing I have successfully made so far is a large wooden composting box. I cobbled this together from waste wood found in and around the barns. I was suitably impressed by the speed and accuracy of my saw cuts, but with the gash wood and rusty old hard point this was only ever going to exist for fulfilling a need, and now stands slightly hidden from view, developing an appropriately unwelcoming odour.
I enjoyed every moment of that build. From realising I had a few hours spare after lunch, I scavenged round for timber and imagined up the easiest way of turning it to a usable form. That evening I was filling it to the brim with mountains of weeds and debris. Overall a very satisfying experience, but now I’m ready to make something finer, something I can be proud of.
One thing that seems to have held me back a little, other than not having enough time, has been the tooling. I’m in a pretty enviable position to have access to Richard’s knowledge and tools, and he’s more than happy for me to be helping myself. But when it comes to it, I feel somewhat on edge picking up his hand tools; I’m taking things slow and steady with delicate shavings and cuts. Great for learning techniques, but now I want to get more involved, stop tip toeing and pick up the pace, even takes things apart, learn how they work and set them up.
Richard has a very close relationship with his tools and uses them daily for putting food on the table. Good reasons to feel nervous about flinging them around. He understands, and is going to help get me started with some tools of my own, which sounds very exciting.
I’m adding a new category to the blog, following some steps on my experience with these new tools. There should be plenty of articles, and I even have plans for some videos.
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