2015 is here!
So the new year is here and lots of us are committing, temporarily at least, to the idea of becoming better in some manner or another. In past years I’ve done the overly ambitious, “I’m gonna bike an off-road endurance race” to the ludicrous, “I’m gonna learn to salsa dance”. Invariable by the end of January those resolutions have been stored in the memory vault for good.
This year I’d like to offer you a suggestion based on our collective past performance in this resolution arena. Commit to ‘trying’ a craft. Don’t resolutely say “I’m going to learn this”. Instead adjust it to say, “I’m going to try this at least once this year.” If you’re interested in knitting then one Saturday night go buy a couple packages of yarn and head to a retirement community and ask if anyone could show you how to knit a hat? Want to learn to cook, then how about just ‘trying’ one of those cooking classes at your local food coop?
Here’s the kicker though… commit to trying such an adventure in January. Give yourself a fairly quick time deadline. Look for a class today. Look for a group today. Maybe schedule a time to learn but do it today. That way if you discover you didn’t enjoy the craft as much as you like then you still have the good feeling that you’ve already accomplished your resolution for the year. And if you did enjoy it you’ll have a whole 11 more months to ‘try it’ once again.
Now if you think that woodworking might be a craft for you, or your resolution is to get better at it, then let me give you our commercial pitch. But if you’re not in the Austin, TX area I’m sure there’s a local club, community college, woodworking store, or neighbor that can help you meet your ‘try it once’ goal.
There is still time to sign up for classes in January at wortheffort such as this weekend’s Dovetailed Wall Cabinet class or next weekend’s class on making a bow saw. We also have a multitude of classes on table making, clock making, display shelves, box construction, benches building, bowl & box turning. And if nothing else our ‘Tools-n-Techniques’ series starts a new semester in January with Thursday night classes on: the chisel, saw, planes, and wood. You can learn more at our website.
The bonus benefit of a craft class as your ‘try it once’ resolution is that no matter how it goes you’ll likely end up with something you can use for your lifetime. I can’t say the same about those Salsa lessons I took in 2009.
We'll be making little cell phone stands. So if you'd like to take a free class and check out the school just send me an email so I'll know how many to prepare for. We have room for about 6 more.
Warning - You'll have to endure lame jokes, sometimes strange music (the Bee Gees came on the playlist last time), and a generally light hearted atmosphere.