Nothing makes me feel more like a big, sweaty, hairy man than using some high powered tools.
And by 'big, sweaty and hairy man', I actually mean 'empowered, capable and sweaty woman'. That wouldn't have been as funny though.
I took a wood working class last week. I didn’t actually mill the lumber, but I feel like I could have with the information that the teachers at the Perth Wood School gave to me.
They love what they do, and that really comes through in the way they take you through the journey of the wood to the table, the history of the logging of the wood, the use of the power tools and myriad other little issues that a professional would pick up over the course of a career, but that a newbie like me would have no idea about.
For example, do you know that your hand acts as a pivot when you’re cutting wood on a saw? Hand placement is really important if you want to provide the wood the right support and get a straight cut. And not smash yourself in the face.
The box we made in the beginners class was specifically designed for the newcomer to use the maximum amount of tools and techniques to help them get the feel for woodworking.
It wasn’t like a trip to Bunnings, where you ask the ‘assistant’ about a tool or technique and they go right to the box and read the instructions on the back. These people know their stuff. And they’re so nice. No question is too stupid, and the amount of knowledge they have is amazing.
If you’re thinking about buying the crafty person in your life an ‘experience based’ present this Christmas, I would definitely recommend a class at the Perth Wood School.
Thanks Tracey, Dave and Scott. You guys were great!