Just recently I’ve been trying to put together another website devoted to woodworking, but I’m stuck on exactly which direction I want it to go.
I originally intended this blog to be mostly an online portfolio for my remodeling business, but recently it has become more personal since my motivation for that kind of work has been dwindling. Remodeling is not glamorous and fun like it seems on TV. The magic of editing hides the grueling tasks that leave you exhausted and filthy, and the reward never matches the effort. It’s getting harder and harder to show up for a day of labor when all I really want to do is get my hands on a few boards and make something.
My girlfriend had back surgery the first week in August. Her recovery has been difficult and I have devoted most of my time since then to being present for her. Slowly but surely she is getting better. Since I haven’t been working, I’ve been out of the social media loop and haven’t had much to post here. Progress on the shop with my partner has come to something of a standstill as well.
I follow over 100 woodworking channels on YouTube. Obvously, I can’t watch all of their uploads or I wouldn’t have time for anything else. The videos that get my attention are on techniques that I’m unfamiliar with, and project videos. There are only a few channels that I watch religiously, either because they are entertaining or they provide consistent quality instruction.
One thing I have noticed is a lack of very basic instruction in woodworking. I know there are a few examples, but not nearly enough. I frequently see woodworkers doing things in a way that suggests that they learned a technique from someone who didn’t fully understand it. I’ve seen people holding a handsaw wrong, for example.
I worked in a cabinet shop once, and I was amazed at the way some of the production was handled. The worker building cabinet doors was clamping them for a half-hour or so, and then running them through the planer. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
I’m the kind of woodworking geek that reads articles on adhesives, and I love to share what I have learned from almost two decades of woodworking. Perhaps my way is clear after all. My woodworking site is still under construction, but I would be grateful if you stopped by. Any feedback would be appreciated.