What is Woodworking?
Issue: Issue 296
Posted Date: 3/6/2012
Have you ever stopped to consider the
scope of what a person could mean when they say simply, “I am a
woodworker”? Back in the day, when almost everything was made from
wood, we had names for the people who made products in a variety of
categories: cooper, wheelwright, luthier, bodger, woodcarver,
patternmaker, carpenter (who seemed to build anything and
everything), and there were many more. In our eZine today, we have a
boatbuilder — a profession that was once the exclusive realm of
woodworkers. It is kind of amazing that things as different as
wooden spoons and boats that can sail around the world are all made
Going a step
further, the breadth of woodworking has been, in a small way,
demonstrated in my own endeavors. At one time, I briefly helped build
a 44-foot Alden ketch, and in the December 2011 issue of the Journal,
I built a 6-inch-long toy boat.
Which brings me back to the question: what
is a woodworker? I am guessing that you have some ideas on the
subject. Why don’t you share them with me … and I’ll share them
with you all.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal