Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pursuing new hobbies

For those of you who have read my about page, you will know that I am constantly pursuing new ideas and I hunt down inspiration every day. I am a creative, and I have always felt the need to use my hands to create beautiful things. I paint, I draw, I scrapbook, and I take photographs. Lately, I've stumbled upon the largely unappreciated art of woodworking. I used to love woodworking as a kid and teenager, but forgot all about it once I finished school.

So I Googled - as I do whenever I hatch an idea - and got so excited that I bought a book about woodworking called The Complete Manual of Woodworking by Albert Jackson from Amazon, despite having no space in my house (since it's not my house - I just board there), no workshop, and no tools whatsoever. But I thought, why not learn about woodworking now so in the summer, when I move back home to Wellington into my own place with my partner, I can start doing some practical stuff with knowledge about tools and wood.

I have always loved the smell of sawdust, the sound of a saw going through wood, and the pure satisfaction of finishing something you have put your sweat and blood into. I also love how woodworking is not just about creating something pretty, it's about creating what I like to call "practical art" - something beautiful that you can use. My short term goal is to make myself and my partner a French shabby-chic bedside table each, and my ultimate goal a few years down the track is to make my future daughter(s) a stunning victorian dollhouse like this.

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