Woodworking according to Shopsmith
Excerpts from "The Joys of Woodworking" Shopsmith The Joys of Woodworking
Lasting, Tangible Results
1. Woodworking gives you something in return.
2. That something could be a piece of furniture to beautify your home... storage shelves for a closet or garage... a new backyard deck or a gift for a special child or friend in your life.
3. To most, woodworking means a lifetime of wonderful memories or a treasured family heirloom that will be passed on as your legacy from generation to generation.
Pride of Accomplishment
1. Pride is a familiar feeling to most woodworkers.
2. And although the planning and building of a project are extremely enjoyable, the greatest thrill of all comes after you've completed the final, finishing touches... then stand back and admire your handiwork.
3. When that incomparable glow of pride takes over, you'll know immediately that this is the moment you've anticipated since the day you first started woodworking.
1. These days, saving money is important to all of us and woodworking is a great way to do just that.
2. For example, that new backyard deck, remodeled kitchen or quality piece of hardwood furniture that we talked about earlier could easily cost you hundreds - even thousands of dollars.
3. However, for the cost of your materials and some of your time, you could build either of these projects for a lot less and stash away some substantial savings for a Summer vacation or your retirement!
1. There are lots of people just like you who started woodworking as a hobby... only to discover that they could easily supplement their incomes (or even establish, full-time businesses) by selling the items they make for a handsome profit.
2. Today, craft shows, consignment shops and flea markets abound and customers are willing to pay more for top-quality American-made items. And the best part of all is... you can make that extra money doing something you really enjoy!
Sense of Challenge
1. Woodworkers seldom have to go far to find a challenge.
2. Each new project offers a new set of opportunities to test your knowledge and build your skills. Working with wood quickly becomes habit-forming in that each challenge makes us want to reach further and achieve even better results.
3. Plus - woodworking allows you to set your own pace by selecting the types of projects you feel will provide the degree of challenge you want as you grow your skills.
A Feeling of Independence
1. Today, more and more people are looking for ways to become "The masters of their own lives"... doing what they want, when they want to do it.
2. Woodworking will provide you with just such an opportunity!
3. Choose your own projects. Set your own schedules.
4. Work in the sequence that suits you best.
5. That's the kind of independence most people want...and the kind all woodworkers quickly learn to appreciate!
1. "Down-time" is hard to come by these days.
2. Each day, our minds are bombarded with more and more problems to worry about.
3. We all know that we need to "get away from it all" occasionally... but setting aside the time to do so can be difficult.
4. However, a short walk to the home workshop for a little recreational woodworking can give you a quick shot of relaxation, whenever you need it... without leaving home!
5. Pick your own pace.
6. Be alone with your thoughts.
7. Replace your daily problems with woodworking challenges.
8. You'll love it!
1. Although this may be one of the last things you'd probably expect from woodworking, it is there, if you want it.
2. Of course, you're not going to get a great deal of exercise from turning yo-yos for your children or grandchildren.
3. However, if it's exercise you seek, building a deck or remodeling a kitchen can deliver as much... or as little as you like.
4. Just choose the level of activity you seek and go for it.
1. Even if you don't think of yourself as being creative, you probably are.
2. Creativity is not something that's reserved for musicians, writers and fine artists... it's something we all have to one degree or another.
3. Woodworking helps you find that creativity within yourself -- then gives you an excellent outlet for expressing it.
4. And whether you're a master craftsman who looks at every project as a work of art... or a weekend handyman in search of a solution to a household problem... woodworking lets you be as creative as you want to be.
Friendship and Camaraderie
1. One of the basic human needs is companionship... and woodworking provides a wonderful opportunity to share your hobby experiences with others having similar interests.
2. You may choose to do so with your own family, with friends and neighbors or by joining a local woodworking club or organization.
3. And whether "sharing" to you means actually working side-by-side on a project... or just discussing your ideas and experiences... the results will be equally rewarding.
1. Woodworking abounds with opportunities for you to improve yourself.
2. Every project you build offers loads of ways for you to build your woodworking skills.
3. Master new techniques. Learn new ways to perform familiar techniques more professionally and more efficiently.
4. Beyond this, woodworking's introspective nature also provides ample opportunities for you to develop more positive attitudes about life in general.
5. There's just something about making things with your own hands that helps to make woodworkers better, more rounded human beings. Just ask a woodworker!