It’s a myth that woodworking takes a long time to learn. The fun thing about woodworking is that there is always something new to learn, but you can learn enough to get started much quicker than you might think. Let me show you how.
Learning About Woodworking
Learning about woodworking is really a matter of choice, because you can go really deep or you can go really wide. You can do both as well, but the biggest thing to remember is that it’s all up to you.
There are woodworkers out there that are only concerned with making one kind of project. That’s great, and it makes them happy. This is one way that they control how much they need to learn in order to start woodworking.
In the case of a pen maker for example, they are only concerned with using the lathe, and the other few tools that help them make and assemble their blanks. On the surface level, it takes a very short time to learn, though you can go really deep and spend your whole lifetime learning if you want to. Again, it’s all about choices.
Here are some more ways that you can learn about woodworking easily, and why it does not take long to learn enough to get started.
Finding People to Follow Online
One of the easiest ways to learn about woodworking is to follow people that do it. Look online and find some woodworkers that make things you resonate with. Maybe you just like them personally, but follow them and make it a point to absorb what they share.
There are numerous social networks that make finding like minded people really easy. If you open an Instagram account or a Pinterest account, you will find several. It’s really that easy, and you can learn from people just like you.
The beauty of the internet is that it has made the world smaller. You can follow and learn from someone in Australia while you live in the United States. All you need to do is read and follow their postings, and you gain access to them almost as if they were in your neighborhood.
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Another great way to learn more about woodworking is by watching videos. Woodworking has some nuance and technique to it. Reading about someone making something can be harder than seeing it at times.
Videos give you the benefit of someone telling you how to do something, but also showing you at the same time. You get to hear the explanation, and see the motions too. It can be difficult to convey certain techniques through speaking or writing, but video gives you another layer.
If you are interested in woodworking videos, YouTube has a huge catalog. They are free, and you can learn from people who are doing what you want to do. You can also subscribe to their channels, which will help you know when they post new videos.
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I’m a huge fan of books, and you should be too. Books are a huge resource for woodworkers, and will help you learn about the craft faster. Also, over time books become a personal reference library, which you can go to when you need to figure out a technique or project.
A book never goes bad, never expires, and is always there when you need it. Over the years you can grow a woodworking library that is unique to you. Reading the books, you will gain knowledge and make yourself a better woodworker.
In the beginning, look for books that deal with the projects you are interested in making. Spend time reading about them, and going through the steps in your mind. Visualize, and think about the project as you read. It will help when you get in front of the real thing.
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Reading About Woodworking Online
If reading proper books is not your thing, you can read online. Websites like this one are all over the internet, and filled with helpful information for new woodworkers. As of this writing, I have over 500 posts. It’s lots of great stuff to help new woodworkers, and I’m not alone.
Another great thing about the internet is that nearly everyone has it in their phones. All you have to do is pull out your phone and you can be online in seconds. This instant access is a huge help, and removes the barriers from the information.
Find a few sites that you like, and begin to read about woodworking. This is not a super fast process, and over time they will change. However, invest a little time in finding a good site, like this one, and bookmark it for reading later.
Squeeze it in to Your Down Time
One of the beautiful things about learning about woodworking is that you can squeeze it into your down time. There are little breaks that happen all the time in your normal lives. The difference between people is what they do with that time.
Odds are that you get to work a little early, you take a lunch break, and you have these little pockets of down time. Instead of reaching for your phone and Facebook or a video game, use that the to learn about woodworking.
One of the easiest ways is to catch up on the people you follow. Look at their projects, read their posts, and study their tutorials. This constant trickle of information will make you a better woodworker, and you will have a much better chance of retaining it.
Your homework is to incorporate some of these learning methods into your routine. The easiest one by far is to follow people online. Odds are that you already do this, you just need to follow people that are going to advance your craft.
Take some time, and search for common woodworking terms that have to do with your project. Once you find what you are looking for, trace the images back to their source. Look at their other images, and see if they are worth following.
When you find someone that resonates with you, follow them. This will allow you to see more of their content, and you will not have to search next time. Do this a lot, and soon you will have a home feed full of great woodworking tips, tricks, and inspiration.
Does Woodworking Take a Long Time to Learn Wrap-Up
It’s a myth that woodworking takes a long time to learn. It doesn’t. You can get going in woodworking right away, and without a huge amount of studying. It all depends on what you want to make, and how deep you want to go.
One of the most beautiful things about woodworking is that you can enter easily, but still find challenges for the rest of your life. Even something as simple as a wooden ring can be fun to learn in the beginning, but offer you a challenge as you keep on advancing the craft.
Over time, and through learning about woodworking using easier methods, you can pick up quite a bit. Follow others, read tips online, watch videos, and keep that trickle going. The more you let in, the easier and faster you will learn what you need to know about woodworking.
If you have any questions about Does Woodworking Take a Long Time to Learn, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Happy building.
Additional Information About Westfarthing Woodworks
While I publish the overwhelming majority of my woodworking content for free, I also have several books available as well.
You can see them on my Available Books Page, and they cover several different woodworking disciplines.
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