What is it about working with wood that offers so much satisfaction? Maybe it’s the aroma of a fresh cut, or the individuality of each piece of wood and its own beautiful grain structure, or the tactile nature of a finished piece that begs for praise.
A true compliment to any woodworker is to see your hand glide across the surfaces and contours of a finished piece. Or at least, that’s what I love about seeing a customer “meet” their finished piece for the first time.
I learned woodworking as a kid growing up at my grandpa’s work bench, usually sanding all the parts that he had cut for the project—a rather mundane part of the process. It wasn’t until high school wood shop when I got to do the cutting and machining of the wood myself.
I casually enjoyed woodworking as a hobby throughout my adolescent years. My career in automotive and as a custom metal machinist exposed me to working within increasingly critical tolerances, even down to one ten-thousandths of an inch. It was then that I began applying those tighter tolerances to my woodworking, bringing everything I created to a higher level of technique.
Whether it’s a bowl or vase or an urn, no piece is the same, and often times it ends up not exactly how I envisioned it. But that’s the beauty of it. In today’s world of mass production and cookie cutter trinkets, I think there is still a widespread appreciation and respect for a single handmade item that won’t be found in anyone else’s home or office. And that’s why I do it.