My story with carving and why i chose to learn it
3-4 years ago, I noticed that my office job was driving me crazy and made up my mind to get a hobby to relax my mind. But the hobby had to be something done outdoors, like hunting or fishing. Except for, I love animals and couldn never kill them for fun. In case you haven’t noticed, I really hated being in the office for the whole day, so I didn’t want to pick up hobbies like watching football or playing video games. They were too passive for my taste. I couldn’t think of anything else, and as I was just about to give up on my mission, my friend said he got to watching Youtube DIY tutorials in which a guy built great furniture with only handful of tools and some wood. That got me intrigued, so I asked for a link and watched the video. I loved it, and devoured the whole channel, which had more than hundred videos, in about a week. I spent all my free time watching it during that week. And finally, I made up my mind to get started in woodworking. But making decisions wasn’t going to be as easy as I had hoped.
I had to pick which tools to buy. I always try to buy the best products available, even if that means paying the premium. Because I understand that cheap tools will fail soon and they’ll cost you more than best mini circular saw. But at the same time, I didn’t want to pay more than hundred bucks for a tool that I wasn’t sure if I would need, or knew how to use. After a lot of thought and considering both sides, I decided on hand tools. But not just hand saw and stuff like that – I decided to pick up ancient art of carving. I’ve always been fascinated by carving and its effects on art, so this seemed like a perfect idea. I would work on improving my carving skills and eventually, move on to buying real tools and starting making real furniture as the guy in the video did. And I figured that with the skill of carving at my sleeve, I could complete much harder and advanced projects than I would by just using the circular saw.
And 3 years later, I don’t regret my decision, not even in the slightest form. After just about two months of trial and failure, my carving skills were pretty good and after about six months, I moved on to building real furniture. First project I did was a sofa, and that sofa is still in my living room today. Thanks for reading my story and leave the comment if it inspired you. If this post has any reactions at all, I might publish further posts and various tutorials about getting started in woodworking.