Woodworker is a profession that has been used to call people out of the wood shop and to their home where they’re working and having fun. Many woodworkers have families and even their own home, so they have a family to support with their hard work. When wood carving becomes more popular, woodworkers start to become more of an occupation than a profession. Many go back to their shop or even to school to learn the skills needed to earn a living.
What wood types are common in the woods?
In a lot of areas of the world where forested areas are being cut down to make way for farms, timber is a necessity and is often used to fill gaps in the land. It’s also an important part of any woodworking shop because it ensures a consistent supply of the wood used to make things such as buildings, carvings, furniture and many, many wooden things.
Are there any other woodworking skills I should know?
You will need to know the following skills during your woodworking journey.
How to sharpen a carving knife: Most good knives will cut very smoothly and have many different sharpening systems. A good knife sharpener is available at home for around $15 to $25 (or is there a special $12 model that cuts effortlessly?)
Using a sharpening stone for a carving knife: Many carving knives come with a stainless steel sharpener but this takes away many of the benefits of having a sharp knife and could lead to injury and/or loss of some of the wood that you carve.
A lot of woodworking is about knowing the material and the craftsmanship that goes into it, but most importantly there is a lot of work necessary to learn this. In the next section we have tips to help you make the most of your woodworking time and start seeing this as part of your regular work routine.
How to practice safe woodworking
You want to keep your work in the woods as safely as possible. It’s a lot easier to maintain a safe working environment once you understand the basic principles of safer woodworking. For example, many woodworkers keep a small safe in their toolbox to help them practice techniques. Another safe option would be a tarpaulin – this is a piece of cloth or fabric that comes together into a tube which can be rolled and tied to the trunk of a tree and taken with a sling while working, or tied to a tree limb and taken from it to a cutting work area.