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September 23, 2008
every conceivable subject concerning woodworking. But the one
question I am asked more than any other in one form or another is
this: How do I get started in woodworking?
Just the other day I received an email from a lady named Jeanne. She
was bitten by the woodworking bug and went out and bought a bunch
of woodworking equipment. Being a self proclaimed "newbie", she
quickly became overwhelmed. So much so that her new
purchases were still in their boxes, unopened, 6 months
Sadly, this is not uncommon for our hobby. People get caught up in
the excitement of starting a new hobby. They go out and buy a lot of
expensive tools, thinking they will be cranking out furniture by the
weekend only to find out they don't know where to begin.
Another common thing that happens to folks starting out in this hobby
is what I call, "the paralysis of analysis". Many think that they
must know how to do everything before they ever touch a piece of wood
or a tool. The trouble with this approach is that you will never learn all there is to know about this craft, and you will never learn how to do things simply by reading, listening, or watching others do it. You
must jump in at some point and get your feet wet.
Over the next several weeks I'm going to be introducing several new
articles and videos on, "Getting Started in Woodworking" with the
intent of helping those of you just starting out in this craft.
Now, I know you may not be in the "beginner" group with your
woodworking skills. In fact, you may have several decades of
experience in this craft. If so, that's awesome! Share some of that
Think back to when you were first starting out in woodworking. What
were some of the biggest things that held you back? What did you
struggle with the most? What were some of the things that helped you more than anything in learning this craft? Leave your comments below to help others just starting out.
If you're new to the craft, tell me where you need the most help.
What are your biggest struggles? Where are the largest gaps in
your knowledge base? What are you most interested in learning? Leave
your comments below.
I'll be putting the questions and comments that you leave to come up
with a series of articles and videos that will help those just
starting out in this craft.
And don't worry if you're not a beginner, I'll be putting out other
content as well. The getting started stuff will be interspersed with
intermediate and advanced woodworking content. Once I have enough
content on the Getting Started stuff, I'll break it off to it's own
section on the website so people just getting started will have a
place to go.
So, help get this new section started by leaving your comments below.