The English Woodworker explains it all.
I confess, I enjoy my time alone in the shop. I don’t feel lonely there and its almost always a respite from my very stressful day job. So there it is .. yes, my name is Marilyn and I’m an introvert. :D
Being an introvert tends to get a bad rap these days. Introverts are often characterized as not liking people, but that’s not really true. As an introvert, I’m energized by being alone or by being with one or two others good friends. Being in a big crowd can tend to sap my energy. So it doesn’t often occur to me to do projects with other wood workers.
This weekend, I was invited over to Anne’s shop (@anneofalltrades on IG and ANNE OF ALL TRADES) to help her with a project. Her shop is amazing! She’s actually on farm with some really nice space. Her shop is not only welcoming (especially in some nice warm Pacific Northwest sunshine) but it’s full of inspiration.
We had a blast working on her at the moment “super secrete project”. We actually were able to accomplish some wood working AND have conversation .. an acquired skill I believe. I’m a big believer that I can learn something from just about anyone and Anne is a great teacher so, not surprisingly, I walked away with some knowledge that I didn’t have at the start of the day.
My typical approach to a project is to think about it, strategize, and then think about it some more. Anne jumps right in, goes to work and adjusts as she needs to. I would really like to cultivate that more in myself. My projects seem to drag on or I take way too long to just start them, mostly, I suspect because I’m dithering over something I perceive as being difficult.
Anyway, I highly recommend going and finding a woodworking buddy if you can and diving in.
So not much woodworking has transpired in the kitchen remodel .. lots of carpentry, but no real woodworking. But now I get to use some of my woodworking skills.
We’ll be installing a raised counter section intended for guests to sit behind while visiting. This awesome piece of curly maple is going on top for folks to sit behind.
All I have to do now is clean up a smidgen of tear out, epoxy a few small holes, miter the two pieces together and finish it. No problem .. right? And yes, it’s heavy!
Where’d I get this fabulous 8/4 13″ wide board? Northwest Timber, of course. Those guys have an awesome stash and great service.
I’ve been a member of Marc’s guild now for many years and it’s his instruction that really got me going in woodworking. I tried, originally, to take a woodworking class at the local high school shop and just couldn’t find enough help to get me over the hump and going. Perhaps you can relate?
I don’t get any benefits from saying all of this, its just my honest experience. And other than that, I like to think of Marc as a friend.
If you’re just starting out, I double dog dare you to go to his free site and see if you learn anything. I literally spend a good part of a 10 day vacation just trying to get through all the free stuff.
After that, maybe you’ll feel OK about investing in a project on his Guild site .. which you can purchase individually .. or not.
Check out The Wood Whisperer Guild
Woodworking and blog posts will resume once the kitchen remodel is complete. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what I’ve gotten myself into.
And no, I won’t be building the cabinets. Don’t have the shop size and need the kitchen back faster than it takes to make all of those. But I will be making some small counter tops. Stay tuned for that. :D
My friend Brick and I finished up his new toy box for his kids (one here and on the way). He’ll be putting on finish on it some time later, but in the meantime, here are a couple of completion shots.
More photos – Chest in use.
It was also the Lie Nielsen Tool event in town, so I got to spend some time with woodworking friends hangin’ out at the event.