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.  

Desk .. Done .. Thank Goodness!

I finally finished the desk and breathed a sigh of relief that it turned out OK.  It was certainly a project that challenged me and certainly elevated my woodworking skills. 

It was not, however, my favorite project.  I followed plan which was actually overly complicated and had some confusing mistakes. That was a big part of problem (I’m talking to you Fine Woodworking).  Marc over at the Wood Whisperer help me simplify things and got me off of dead center.  AND … the project also took me waaay longer than I thought it would. I’ve been itching to move on.  Anyway, its all done!  Curly Cherry from Hardwood to Go.

Glamour Shots!

wrap around feet (1 of 2)
Curly cherry drawer fronts and doors.

The pull out key board is drying in the garage and I still need one more knob for the doors.  But, at least for this weekend, there’s no more time to work on it.  Finish is Daly’s Profin over one coat of shellac.

Here’s a post on how Marc helped me simplfy the project – Getting help and simplifying

All posts associated with this project are here under the Desk Project Tab.