Woodworking Beginners Step By Step Guide

The ability of woodworking is one of the oldest and widespread. From the earliest days when humans first experimented with the many uses for wood, our civilization has had an association with this material, in all its varieties and forms. And the growth and advancement of mankind has been closely intertwined with our ability to increase our woodworking skills and to build up new uses for wood.

Primitive civilizations used wood as material for building shelters, tools, weapons, utensils, and other items essential for survival. As time went on, they began to expand the use of wood to include the creation of conveniences such as furniture and decorative items. They also built boats and rafts for exploration, travel and trade.

As skills and knowledge continued to build up, and woodworkers began to comprehend the wide assortment of properties of woods from different tree sources, wood became one of the most widely used materials, located in nearly all areas of life, from home to work, production to pleasure. Those who had a gift for working wood became important artisans and craftsmen, and guilds and workshops were developed to help document and preserve the art, train apprentices, and represent the interests of those involved.

Different specialties within woodworking began to build up, each with their own tools, projects, and systems. These categories included:

* Wheelwright - A person who makes wooden wheels and spokes.

* Cooper - A person who makes barrels and related goods.

* Turning - Using a lathe and cutting tools to create symmetrical, round or curved pieces such as table and chair legs, pedestals, and candlesticks. Some wood turners, called bodgers, focused specifically on making bowls, cups, and other household utensils.

* Carving - by and large refers to any woodworking project that concerns removing bits of the original wood to create a finished product.

* Carpenter - historically a wagon maker but in time the term has come to be related to woodworking generally and more specifically with home and commercial construction.

* Cabinetmaker - Somebody who specializes in making cabinets, shelving, and some bits of furniture, such as chests, curious and other storage items.

* Shipwright - professional shipbuilder, often assisted by craftsmen from other places of woodworking.

* Parquetry and Marquetry - Creating stunning and often complex patterns with assorted wood veneers. Originally used as decoration on furniture and some homes, but now has grown to include artwork and picture making. Parquetry typically involves the use of geometric shapes, while Marquetry draws from life images and scenery.


Today, some of these categories have become outdated as steel, plastic, concrete, and other compounds have replaced wood in many instances. While wood is still used in countless important applications, including home and commercial construction and furniture making, woodworking has become a pursuit practiced less for necessity and more for pleasure, challenge, satisfaction, and honor.


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