Some people think that woodworking is a dying art that belongs to the forgotten bunch of crafts that we, humans, don’t find any place for in our hectic lives. But this is not entirely true.
These days, when we live in houses built as quickly as possible with as few extra details as there can be, wood is somewhat of a premium material which is long-lasting and has that genuine value. And you can do wonders with it!
Just take a look at the fan-favorite subreddit “Woodworking,” which is basically an online collection of the most intricate, creative, and breathtaking examples of things you can do with wood.
Created twelve years ago, it’s now a home to a whopping 2.7 million members who share mad woodwork skills crafted in furniture, household items, and anything, really.
After 8 Months Of Hard Work I Can Finally Call It Done! Over 1600 Hrs Of Work Into One Staircase
I Just Turned 20 And Have Been Doing Woodwork For About A Year Now. Just Finished This Cherry Desk With Blackened Legs
To find out more about the amazing r/Woodworking community on Reddit, Bored Panda reached out to its moderator Joseph, who goes by the handle u/joelav. Joseph told us that the subreddit was created in 2008 as “a place for woodworking redditors to get together and exchange ideas, techniques, advice, and projects.”
“It has grown from humble roots to a 2.7-million-member community,” the moderator said and added that on average, r/woodworking is visited 250,000 times daily, which makes it a powerful corner online to get some incredible wood inspiration.
Made This To Replace The Stupid Lazy Susan Cabinet. Yay Or Nay?
Maiden Voyage Of My First Cedar Strip Canoe! No Kit, No Plans, No Staples
Incredibly, there’s one key rule in the community and it’s that people are only allowed to share things they have made themselves. “This keeps our content original and organic,” Joseph explained. So every incredible piece of woodwork you see here is really made by someone’s hands in the group.
When asked about their favorite woodworking pieces, the moderator team has decided on a couple of great examples. First, it’s this “tricky but beautiful joinery,” then there’s this “very detailed post on building a bookcase.” Another great wood piece according to the mod team is this home office inspiration for all those Zoom meetings.
And for those who feel short on space but are working from home, this amazing old design brought to life again may give some inspiration. But the moderator team also stressed the fact that woodworking, no matter how cool it may be, is not really all “fun and games.” See this post as “a reminder for the shop that accidents happen.”
Melting Wood Effect Im Working On. Still Needs Some Sandpaper Love But Very Pleased With My First Attempt
Vlad The Builder: Third Project. We Went For The Classic Picture Frame To Work On The 45s On The Mitre Box. He Got To Help Me Set Up The Router Table, But Dad Had To Lend A Hand On That Cut. He Also Tried Out The Brad Nailer And Glue (March,2018)
My 14 Year Old Daughter Made This In Shop Class And I Couldn’t Be More Proud!
'splitting From The Norm'. A 16-Year Old From A Local School Has Made An Insanely Awesome Piece
Heard There Was A Plywood Challenge So Here Is My Plywood Rocker For Consideration.
There are many types of woodwork and each is a craft on its own: from carving, whittling, and scroll-sawing to wood burning (pyrography) and construction-related woodwork. But there’s something about working the wood which makes it nostalgic and beautifully old-fashioned.
So is woodworking really a dying art? After all, many consumers are driven by price and not by quality, as it used to be. You won’t find long-lasting, high-quality wood in current home decorating styles where everything revolves around price and practicality.
I Keep Seeing All Your Quarantine Projects, So I Thought I Might Share Mine Here Too
Chessboard With A Twist I Made For My Sister And Her Family
I Carved And Gifted The "Terminator Pipe" To Arnold Birthday And He Sent Me A Photo
I Made A Squirrel Bar
On the other hand, there are my indicators that show that woodworking is in fact having a renaissance. First, sites like Etsy and Amazon Handmade are filled with woodworkers selling their incredible wooden pieces. Moreover, some sellers offer unique pieces for reasonable prices.
According to Scott Curry, the author of “Make from Wood” magazine that provides woodworking tips for woodworkers around the world, “On Etsy, I’ve found everything from large items like dining room tables down to a lady who carves amazing designs and scenery from single pencils!”
Definitely The Biggest Project I’ve Ever Done. Solid Oak Through And Through, All Locally Sourced In The Scottish Highlands
Scrollsawn Project With All Natural Woods (No Stains Or Dyes). Prince John And Hiss From Robin Hood. Oodalally!
Carved From Salvaged Barn Wood As A Gift For My Friend Who's Pug Recently Passed
First Try At This Japanese Wizardry
Scott also believes that just like online impact, local impact too has played one of the key roles in bringing woodwork into the spotlight. For example, "The number of local craft fairs has significantly increased in recent years if you live in a decent-sized city. Organizers have learned that there are nice profits to be made by organizing an event.”
Here Is A Prototype Table We Are Making Using The Original Golden Gate Bridge Suspender Ropes And Claro-Walnut Top. Both Are Over 80 Years Old!
I Carved This Gandalf Pipe Out Of Briar Wood
Wife Wanted A Dr Seuss Themed Nursery So I Built A Dr Seuss Bookshelf
I Carved A Wooden Octopus Who Looks Like He's Scared Of Swimming
Scott says that attending a local craft fair feels like walking through a real life Etsy store, where you find rows upon rows of woodworkers set up. “The turnout of both buyers and sellers would not be as big as it is without the growth in popularity within woodworking,” he concludes.
Really Happy With The Way This Live Edge Elm Table Turned Out As You Can See On My Face
Archway A Coworker And I Trimmed Out Recently. Painted Picture At The End
My First Woodworking Project. A Fire Rack To Display All Of My Hot Sauces!
This Will Go Down As One Of The Coolest Builds I’ve Ever Done. Wine Barrel Wine Cellar
My Mom Died From Cancer, But Before She Passed She Asked Me To Make Her Urn. We Would Jokingly Refer To It As Her Death Box. She Was A Strong Woman
When you think of it, it’s never been easier to start woodworking. “Gone are the days where people became interested in woodworking because they watched their grandfather working in his shop.”
The sources on the internet for learning to work the wood are endless, and there is surely something for both beginners and already advanced wood artists.