I’ve been lucky enough to steal a few evenings this week to enjoy some woodwork for our videos. It may seem strange after building workbenches all day that I would long for some spare time when I can work wood but that’s just how it is. I never tire of building my benches but I find I big difference between building with wood and creating with it.
When I’m able to get stuck in to a furniture build then that’s when I can really enjoy wood the way I want to – as a natural material. It’s got to be one of the nicest materials and lets face it its beauty comes from its diversity, no two pieces are the same nor would we want them to be. My favourite type of work then has got to be small pieces, it doesn’t matter what so long as I can get a feel for every piece of wood that goes in and allow that wood to dictate the plan. There’s no need for fixed dimensions I’d rather go by eye and make judgements along the way.
There are so many ways to go about woodworking and I’d never say that power tools should be avoided; they can be quick and ideal for getting a job done, but when it comes to the enjoyment it has to be hand tools for me. This isn’t a stubborn traditionalist view just my experience and how I get pleasure out of woodworking when it can be a pastime.