Have you found members of the opposite sex pay more attention to you after they discover you’re a furniture maker? Or, after taking up the craft, your spouse brags to all her friends that she suddenly finds you more manly? It’s not the oil stain under your fingernails, nor the callouses your growing (unless like Curley in Steinbeck’s “Of MIce and Men,” you always wear a glove on one hand as a special consideration for the missus). No, it’s just that as a furniture maker you’re expressing that romantic side that’s not so evident in your everyday work as an accountant, insurance salesman, UPS delivery man or magazine editor.
The sex appeal of woodworking was made clear in a recent clip from the TV show, “Portlandia.” The ladies are swooning over the newly minted furniture maker in town. Be forewarned, there is a caveat, but you’ll have to watch the clip .
– Steve Shanesy