Next week is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., a holiday known mostly for its food, family and traditions. While I’m in favor of food traditions – even though my doctor says that some of them aren’t good for me – I’m even more in favor of some other traditions. Like the traditional craft of woodworking. Don’t get me wrong: I’m no Ian Kirby, and you won’t find me trading in all my power tools for a hand plane.
No, I mean that I appreciate the work that goes into woodworking, and how well it supports some of those other traditions. Where would you rather gather your family: at a plastic-topped table with legs made from cheap metal, or a handmade wooden trestle table lovingly polished by hand until it makes a lovely surface for that gravy boat to rest on? Hey, even those first Thanksgiving Pilgrims probably ate off of wooden tables – even if today’s “traditional” dinner looks nothing like what they actually ate.
So, on Thursday Nov. 26, you might want to ask your family to take a moment to be thankful for woodworking, and woodworkers. It’s easy as pie.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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