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Qualities Woodworking Artists Should Have


Ever wondered about the qualities a person should have to create masterpieces? Or more specifically, the qualities woodworking artists should have to create masterpieces – or like what The New Yankee Workshop’s Norm Abram and The Woodwright’s Shop’s Roy Underhill have achieved over the years.

Here are some of them:

Woodworking artists should have determination.

Before anything else, including creativity, woodworking artists should be determined enough to achieve their goals – not just in their careers, but also in other life aspects. They should be determined enough to overcome every challenge a woodworker have to face every single day, as well as to learn more about their craft – no matter how difficult it can be at times.

Woodworking artists should have patience.

Woodworking, just like any other craft, requires both time and effort. It also takes more than just learning about it to fully master it. Woodworking artists should be patient enough to learn more about their craft, even if it takes years of practice. They should also be patient enough with both themselves and with their mentors, even if their craft becomes a little frustrating sometimes.

Woodworking artists should be flexible.

The wood industry is not just limited to cutting trees. Hence, woodworking is not just limited to creating new things from wood. It even requires thorough planning– what materials should be used, what tools should be used, what equipment should be used (e.g. those seen in, and more. Even more so, it requires other skills like designing and carving.

Woodworking artists should be open-minded.

Woodworking artists should be open to learn more about their craft. They should also be open to improve more on their specialty, as well as to explore more on other specialties. Even more so, they should be open-minded about feedback – or even criticism – that comes with the art of woodworking, be it from their mentors or from their clients.

Most of all, woodworking artists should be passionate.

As Confucius said, “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This principle couldn’t be truer in woodworking. Hence, woodworking artists should be passionate enough to love what they do. They should also be passionate enough to rub off their feelings, their positive feelings, into their craft and make other people feel how they did while creating their masterpieces.

Do you know any other qualities woodworking artists should have? Share them with us on the comments section below!