This morning I became increasingly more aware of just how large the globe of woodworkers is and how small our globe has become with regards to woodworkers connecting with one another. Some months ago I blogged pretty extensively on something I call the Real Woodworking Campaign and many if you signed up insupport of my efforts to repatriate people to the craft of working wood. This was the perspective of working real wood using skilled methods that weren’t so much hard but required self discipline and a working knowledge derived at through the actual working of wood itself. For two decades people have become awareoaf a need to work with their hands regardless of their profession. Plumbers and politicians, priests and personal trainers discover the art of hand tool woodworking atryst art building stuff from scraps of wood, drag tools out of boxes and revamp abandoned equipment to see bright steel instead of rust. Few creative crafts have the same level of appeal and that is amazing to me too.
Tell me what the answer is to this phenomenon we call simply woodworking. How or what can we do to to enhance what we do and be more inclusive of others. I highly regard American woodworkers who form guilds and clubs large and small to pass on skills, share knowledge and generally get together regularly to drink coffee and enjoy working wood together. Can this happen more globally? I think that it can. You men in sheds in Australia are doing your bit too. That’s quite wonderful.