Sawdust - Celebration, Florida

Social distancing comes natural to wood workers.  We’ve been doing it for decades in our workshops alone, having the time of our lives creating and making the projects we do for ourselves and others.  So, if you are looking for an enjoyable way to do social distancing then you should consider taking up wood working.

Most personal wood working shops are relatively small: a corner in the garage or basement, tools are stored and then are taken out for the duration of the work session.  Even dedicated space workshops are usually setup to accommodate only one person at a time. The kind of woodworking will direct itself for how much space will be needed to do the work.

There are many types of woodworking. Flat work or furniture making or repair and will require the most tools and equipment as well as space and probably the most expensive entry cost.  My dedicated workshop is 450 square feet.  Turners are the people who use lathes to make bowls and spindles.  Turners will use about 20 square feet.  Lathes come in three basic sizes: mini, midi, and full or extended length.  There are many types of wood carvers. Carving can be done in your kitchen or anywhere you can put a lawn chair, so space needs are minimal and the cost to get started can be as little as a good quality pocketknife (as little as $10). Relief carving (creating the illusion of space in a thin piece of wood probably only one inch or so in thickness of wood.  These carvings many times are landscapes or types of things that would probably be subject matter for a two-dimensional drawing.).  Character carving (realistic or cartoonish in nature showing a person in a still life kind of pose.). Chip carving (rhythmic patterns of removing small pieces (chips) of wood like a banner across a surface). Utilitarian (spoons and other utensils), fun items (toys and whimsical items meant for enjoyable times: I like to do things like this for our grandchildren such as whirlybirds, tops, puzzles & games).

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By Veryl Kroon

The above article appears in the June 2020 edition of the Celebration News