This is my year of woodworking and this post is a status report. It’s been a couple months, things are going well and I’m still very interested in continuing. I don’t necessarily engage in woodworking on a daily basis, perhaps because I don’t have that many interesting project ideas. I had the same problem with computer-programming — I couldn’t find anything interesting to make within my skill/patience level. And for woodworking, I need to stay within a tiny budget and keep the projects on the small-side.
My primary hobby right before this was philosophizing and transcribing my thoughts into this blog. It turns out I can’t fully escape that path. I’ve been filling the quietude of woodworking with podcasts, usually spirituality-based ones. Funny enough, I can’t otherwise listen to such things — but by having part of my attention focused on woodworking and my hands busy, I can listen to someone drone on for a couple hours, easy.
My most recent projects are a couple of small boxes and a magic-wand with scrap-wood stand. I’ve tried a few spells such as Expelliarmus and Expecto Patronum but no luck so far. I mainly used my Morakniv whittling knife to carve the wand out of a 16″ long 5/8″ poplar square (I also used my Shinto Saw Rasp for some material removal). And just to note, I’ve been coloring most projects with an easy-cleanup water-based wipe-on stain, either Pecan (light) or Walnut (dark). The shiny box has a polyurethane coat as well (the soap & water cleanup kind).