I skipped Pennsbury yesterday and spent the day carving instead. When I began my Chippendale chair project, I under estimated how much I would enjoy carving. Sounds a little funny to say out loud (but isn’t that what blogs are for?) but I’m surprised I’ve done as well as I have. Has that ever happened to you? Maybe that’s why I like woodworking. I have low expectations!
Speaking only for myself, I focus on the end product when I work wood. I like the processes, especially the development of new skills, but often not while I’m in the learning stage and sometimes not even in the doing stage. It’s work that I need to get done. But a few activities I can think of, woodturning and carving chief among them, I find really fun. I’m not good at either one. But I enjoy the work and am generally pleased with the results.
We talk a lot about how to do this or that. And there’s a general assumption that the work we do is enjoyable. But obviously not all of it is. If you have a minute, let me know what aspects of woodworking you find enjoyable.