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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: For those who do woodworking for pleasure
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2018, 01:29 PM »
Nice.

I quit playing chess in college because I realized that I could not engage in an inherently competitive hobby without obsessing.  There was too much else of interest in the world, so I walked away.

Woodworking suits me better.  Here's why:
  • I'm more engineer that artist, but I can make something beautiful out of wood because the beauty is built into the wood.  I just have to show it off.
  • It is a creative outlet.  I'm very conscious of developing my creative side when I'm making something.
  • It's not competitive for me.  I've entered a few local shows with modest expectations, but there is so much room for creativity that it's easy for me to just appreciate the other entries.  Plus there is a certain camaraderie of woodworking process.
  • My wife still likes what I make, after all these years :).

Offline jobsworth

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Re: For those who do woodworking for pleasure
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2018, 09:14 PM »
Nice article. Some truth to what hes saying.

Offline Euclid

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Re: For those who do woodworking for pleasure
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2018, 03:41 PM »
On a somewhat tangential, but related, theme is this TED talk by Simone Giertz (pron. 'yetch').



(I understand that, remarkably, this talk was delivered very shortly after Simone was diagnosed with a sizeable tumor on the brain).

Offline jjowen

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Re: For those who do woodworking for pleasure
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2018, 05:26 PM »
I do woodworking for pleasure. My day job is in a city office tower. I once realised that if I collected all of the work I have done over my 30 year career in IT, it would fit on a single USB.

In a newsagency once, looking at all of the various magazine titles and not seeing anything I wanted to buy, I realised that I did not have a hobby.

About four years ago I borrowed some tools to make a small shed. I reignited a high school hobby. I now have a somewhat creative activity where I am making something physical and can work to a precision of my choosing. It shuts everything else out of my mind for a few hours. It has little to do with anything else in my life. I am doing it just because I want to, not because I need to.

I am glad that the professional carpenters on FOG tollerate the amateurs. We arrive at using Festool for different reasons and share what is in common. 
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Offline ChuckM

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Re: For those who do woodworking for pleasure
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2018, 05:42 PM »

Snip.

I am glad that the professional carpenters on FOG tollerate the amateurs.

Or is it the other way round? [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

Offline ChuckM

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Re: For those who do woodworking for pleasure
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2018, 06:03 PM »
On a somewhat tangential, but related, theme is this TED talk by Simone Giertz (pron. 'yetch').


Very entertaining.