Working with other woodworkers

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.  😀

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.

anne's shop

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.  

5 thoughts on “Working with other woodworkers”

  1. Hi Marilyn, nice sweet post. I totally get you being another ‘introvert’ myself. And I find nothing wrong with it, I might not have so many friends but definitely have 1 or 2 nicest friends. Anyway, I also had great experience once, with my friend Fred, we built a carport together. It’s really nice to have a woodworking buddy 🙂

    1. Ha, ha! 🙂 Yes, it is a bit green. Actually, the chest is made of poplar and is painted with blue milk paint that in the lighting looks a bit more green than it actually is.

  2. I’d say I was an introvert too. I’m just starting out in this woodworking business, and I don’t have any woodworking buddies. Unless you count virtual, online ones that is.

    1. I absolutely count the virtual ones .. especially if there a chance I might meet them at Woodworking in America or Handworks or a woodworking class.

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