The image to the left came from a very talented individual that is now on the WooDesigner team. He emailed me and we talked a bit and with his credentials I was glad he contacted me to be part of the team. If I recall right, the image is an antique reproduction. He has had several pieces that he made that landed in popular woodworking magazines.
But what classifies someone as a woodworker? Do they have to have the skill to make the antique reproduction above? Here is the way I look at it, and most really should.
Many individuals wonder if they have met some kind of criteria to be labeled as a true “woodworker.” But really, isn’t that a bold statement to say to someone that uses tools to work and shape wood isn’t a woodworker?
Just because one may have more experience than the other, or one is considered a better craftsman than the other, this doesn’t mean that one or the other isn’t really a woodworker. If you have a few tools and love to work with wood, then you are one.
Some would say that you have to be above the normal do-it-yourselfer to fall into this classification. Sure, those with more experience are usually going to have certain talents above a regular carpenter, but this doesn’t put the carpenter out of the picture.
Technically then, you are going to be the one that makes the decision to call yourself a woodworker. This isn’t a call to be made by someone else. The main point of it all is woodworking is supposed to be enjoyable.
There isn’t anyone besides you that can make this call. Neither myself, the woodworking master next door, or so called “internet experts.” If you cut wood, nail wood, plane wood, etc.. you are a woodworker.
It isn’t all about meeting someone’s criteria. Having a good time while doing it is what counts.
DO YOU HAVE a woodworking project or tip that you would like to submit to WooDesigner and get it added to our site? Then go to the contact tab below OR at the top of this page and let me know. Just make sure you are able to give us step by step instructions on it, as well as images as you see here, and we will put it on this site just like you have read on this page! As long as it is clear and concise like you just saw, it will go up. Your name will be credited to the project, as where you live. (Please include that.) Also include the type of lumber you use for the design. We look forward to hearing from you! (Take note that the tip and images and instructions have to become ours. I do hate that so much but in today’s society so many will sue, and yes, you can sue for a lot of money over images.) The tips will need to include YOUR IMAGES that you take. They can’t be images from somewhere online. Remember, we have to go through these images and if they aren’t your own, we will not be able to use them. This is illegal and it won’t be tolerated and you will be banned from this community by being blocked. We can get sued for this, and just one bad apple can ruin our community.
Ted Leger –
Comments or questions are welcome.