The “age-old” question among male woodworkers is: Do women dig woodworkers? For the purpose of my research I will define ‘woodworker’ as both a professional, and a hobbyist. This is a question that I’ve had on my mind on and off for the past three years. After completing an “exhausting” amount of research, my conclusions may surprise you.
Firstly, let’s list some of the professions that I consider “Chick-Magnets”: Just about any professional athlete, Fireman, pop musician (the guys in the London Philharmonic aren’t coming home with Taylor Swift on one arm and Kate Upton on the other), Medical Doctor, Lawyer (to an extent), and soldier (preferably a commissioned Officer).
I’m going to leave off the list jobs such as actor, because even though they get a lot of women, the field is too small. You can say the same thing about musician as well, but it’s been my experience that even low-level, amateur garage bands get groupies, where the guys who appear in school plays were far less popular among the ladies for the most part.
So where does professional woodworker fall on the Chick-Magnet list? Well this is just my opinion, but I would say somewhere between pimp and dog groomer. Now I’m not saying that a professional woodworker cannot find a perfectly lovely woman to marry, but I am saying that he had better have a hell of a personality to go along with his job. He had better be one charming dude.
The news isn’t all bleak, however. I’ve found that being an amateur woodworker does have at least some potential. Though being an amateur woodworker alone means almost nothing to the average woman, if you combine it with a decent job, it starts to gain a little cache’. For instance, I am an electrician. On the ‘Chick-Magnet Job List’, electrician falls smack dab in the mediocre department. What I mean to say is, not many women are gasping “I have to have him, he’s an electrician!” BUT, when you’re an electrician and you can make furniture, suddenly you’re a guy who can wire up the house as well as make the furniture for it, and that bumps you up on the list a little. Of course, if you happen to be a doctor who makes nice furniture, then you are really flying high.
So my conclusion is this: Professional Woodworker-not a chick magnet, not even a little, and it’s not just because most professional woodworkers have no fashion sense, bad facial hair, and for some odd reason, no athletic ability-though it doesn’t help matters much. Amateur woodworker-not a chick magnet until you combine it with some other profession. Optimally, you will want to already have a chick-magnet job to combine along with woodworking, but as long as you have a decent job to begin with, that bookcase you made during the weekend will manage to look fairly impressive to the average woman.
With all of this being said, my advice for any lonely fellows out there is to either get a Chick-Magnet level job to begin with, or if you’re like most mortals, get a decent job that you are good at and combine it with a fairly useful hobby. Or, you could just go to the gym, work out, and get muscles like Captain America.