Outdoor Woodworking

As the summer goes forward here on the tundra, the idea of going into my workshop (such as it is) has less appeal. We only get so many wonderful summer days here in the North and spending them inside is not something I prefer. However, one great way to enjoy a lovely summer day is to make some sawdust outside.

Nearly any type of woodworking is fun to do outside, but woodturning and power carving seem especially suited to open air enjoyment. Cleanup simply requires a leaf blower and finishing fumes are of no consequence.

I am guessing that I am not the only one who enjoys woodworking in the wild. What sort of outdoor woodworking is your favorite?

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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