There are thousands of hobbies out there that you can choose from to occupy your free time. The trick is finding the one that you connect with. When you have so many many choices, it can feel overwhelming to find that thing that you love and want to invest in.
Where do you even start? It’s always a good idea to evaluate the things that you’re drawn to in the beginning. Are you artistic? Are you athletic? Do you enjoy spending your free time relaxing, or do you prefer to spend the hours you’re not working socializing and mastering a skill?
If you already know what you have interests in and one of those interest just so happens to be carpentry, here are things you should know if you want to pick it up as a hobby:
You’ll Need Tools
When picking up carpentry as a hobby, first thing you’re going to need are the proper tools. No matter what you’re focusing on, whether it’s a table, a picture frame, a sculpture made out of a log, or a bookcase, tools are essential to getting the job done. Do your research to find the equipment that is going to help you learn and get better and not hinder or hold you back. Tools are huge in the work that an artist is able to do, so choose carefully and know that even though it’s just a hobby, if you really love it, you’ll want to invest in something nice to ensure you’re going to be able to make quality art.
You’ll Need Instruction
Of course you can just pick up a piece of wood and a saw or a carving tool and get to work and learn as you go, but if you want to have less trial and error, it’s important that you get instruction. This might mean you take a class on carpentry, this might also mean you just read up on it or watch Youtube videos. In the end, it’s your art and your hobby, but if you get some instruction before just having at it, you’ll save yourself valuable time, money, resources, and maybe even a finger or two…
You’ll Need A Vision
If you’re going to create anything in life, it’s important to have a vision. You can always just feel it and go with the flow, but if you don’t know whether you’re trying to create a bench, an armoire, or a custom pair of skis, you’ll feel a little lost. Inspiration will take you where you need to go, and the vision might change as you set to work, but as long as you start out with a general idea of what you want, you won’t have artists block when starting at a chunk of wood and not knowing what to do with it.