Woodworkers – There are a Whole Lot of Us Out There!
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 there were over 217,000 professional woodworkers employed in the US. Compare that with a survey conducted by National Family Opinion on behalf of Wood Magazine found that approximately 5.5 million Americans actively participate in woodworking as a hobby!
Our goal here at Begin Woodworking is to help some those that are new to woodworking learn the skills and get the information that they need to successfully get started. We assume that you already have a “handy” nature and are comfortable putting things together (or taking them apart!), so our focus is on getting you quality and helpful information as fast as possible so you can start building right away!
Wood Working – The Best Hobby
Simply put, Wood Working is the process of building, making or carving something using wood. While that doesn’t sound very complicated, there is almost no limit to what can be designed and built using wood! Everything from pens to tools to cups, bowls and candlesticks to furniture can be created from wood. We think it’s the greatest hobby because you get to design and build anything you want, the final project is usually something useful and/or beautiful that can be used or displayed in your home AND you get to use big, loud and dangerous power tools… what could be cooler!
My wife laughs when she tells the story that many men she knows play golf, have weekly poker matches or travel all the time, but HER husband spends HIS free time building stuff that she asks for! Talk about great, a hobby I enjoy PLUS it makes my wife happy at the same time!
Check out the Fine Woodworking Member site. It’s free for the first 14 days and has tons of articles, videos and information suited to the beginning woodworker. Here’s what they offer:
- Digital Issues – for both computer and tablet
- Step-by-step video project series (over 30 available)
- Access to over 1,400 woodworking articles
- 400+ tip, tool and technique videos
- Member-only discounts and offers