Being well is a healthy thing and working with your hands really brings helps.
Yesterday my handwork was concluded and I have written as deeply as I know on the value simple conclusion of almost anything brings to our personal wellbeing. As I mouthed the words ‘it’s finished’ yesterday I felt that physical resonance inside. It’s an unmistakable sense and I always feel it, but I want to explain the feeling and the sensing as I see it and feel it.
Wellbeing is almost always deep after completing almost any work but all the more when the work demands something from you and indeed you enter realms of uncertainty starting out. Chances are you may never have used the methods we used in making this bench seat. It may well start out with some level of doubt and perhaps an uncertainty, but I think this is important for any craft and skill development.
Integrity in work deepens with hand work and many of you are now realising this more and more.
The more integrity you strive for in being honest throughout your work the greater the level of fulfilment and the more your honest work stands in the face of scrutiny and that includes your own. For me my work’s resonation always comes when something I was making is no longer a ‘becoming’ but an ‘is’. My speaking three seemingly insignificant words is as much of the making process as the first thought preluding the pencil stroke I make in my sketchbook. The words may not seem consequential in the scheme of things but most of it is about taking something from the very birth of a concept in a man’s mind to its final conclusion where there is nothing, absolutely nothing, left to be done. It’s not anything super etherial but I do know that just speaking these words somehow releases the deepest sense of wellbeing after hard working.
The different woods I decided on complemented one another and using a brush and a pad to apply the shellac filled the grain quickly. I think the overall finish took me from raw wood to a fully filled surface in about two hours sepalled in between by cure time overnight before I applied soft furniture polish as the final surface. Buffing the wax is very fast and the softness to my fingertips was like the tool chest we built a few months ago.
Shaping the legs and rails using common hand tools like drawknives and spokeshave becomes quickly intuitive and you will be surprised how accurate and well they look when shaped using traditional and uniquely different methods as apposed to any type of lathe.
In closing I look forward to what some of you will soon be building as shown here and think toward that day when I will be feeling what you will be feeling again as you too work through the different phases in zones I can relate to. It will be an upcoming project on the woodworkingmasterclasses.com