Earlier today I clicked the reader tab on my dashboard to check out some of the blogs I follow. Lost Art Press posted a blog on “furniture of necessity” I won’t get into the contents of the blog but it was a fairly interesting little post (as I hope some of mine are). After I read the actual post I checked out some of the comments on the comment board, which I often do because I like to see what others thought of the blog and also because often times they can add to the actual content of the post, which is usually a pretty good thing. As I was reading I noticed several comments about which tools to use, would you need a full tool kit, etc…When one commenter mentioned possibly using a bandsaw to prepare stock, another told him that because this was a hand tool blog, the bandsaw should not be used. Now these two fellows may communicate via the blog on a regular basis; I have no way of knowing. But, even so, I cannot think of a more preposterous and insulting statement to put on a blog comment board. To top it all off there was a big fat link to the Google Sketchup plans for the particular project being discussed. Now I have nothing against Sketchup, I don’t necessarily care for it all that much, but that is just a personal preference and not a philosophical one. But! I do have a problem with chastising somebody for not behaving to the letter like a woodworker from the 18th century while at the same time downloading and following woodworking plans on a CAD program. Am I the only person seeing the irony here?
While I enjoy using hand tools for certain tasks: cutting dovetails, cutting tenons, jointing edges, I also use my table saw for ripping and some cross cuts and a jigsaw for larger curved and decorative cuts. Why do I woodwork this way? Because that’s how I F*cking feel like woodworking, that’s why! I am so tired of this bullshit that it’s going to get me into trouble. Some of you will say that I should just stop reading the offending blog. You are absolutely 100% correct. But it goes beyond that particular blog and is nearing the point of becoming political. I’ve had enough of it. I got into woodworking because I like to make furniture. I got into blogging because I thought it would be fun to share my experiences with other woodworkers and hopefully get the chance to communicate with them and do some shop talk. Instead, I’m reading more and more about those wanting to turn woodworking into an exclusive country club.
Here is my pledge: If I manage to attend a woodworking show in the near future I may make it a point to announce loudly that if you are the woodworking equivalent of a pretentious twit then keep your distance, cause I might just get medieval on your ass. I am not a particularly tough guy, but I’m not little, and I don’t scare easy, and I’m not going to be talked down to, or be told that I’m not worthy of my hobby because I’m not doing it the right way in somebody else’s eyes. So if one of you people who think you are so superior happen to read this, I’ll give you a little warning. IF you see me at a woodworking show or conference in the future, do us both a favor and stay away from me, because we may have a disagreement.
PS If some of the strong language was offensive or seemed out of character don’t think much of it. Sometimes you don’t need to use a 10 cent word when a 4 letter one will do.