Why do you turn wood? It seems like a silly question for those of us who find ourselves chucking hunks of wood onto a lathe on a regular basis and applying sharp steel to it. But the philosophical side of me still asks myself that question. Why do this at all? Oftentimes, I am task oriented. I have a fresh pile of green wood that needs to be rough turned before it cracks. Or, I have a gift project or something practical to make. But there is also the simple joy of the activity. I hope this last reason is a significant motivator for you, too. In his excellent article, “Turning an Etui-Inspired Box,” Sam Angelo certainly rationalizes the practical value of his beautiful, tiny-lidded containers. But he also says, “choosing to make a small item just for the pure joy of making it might be reason enough.” So, if you catch yourself smiling the next time you are at the lathe, remember what Sam says, and just enjoy your bliss!
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal
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