An introduction to everything woodworking

This is the world’s oldest and most important craft. Its history stretches back thousands of years and has been practised by all kinds of people. It’s wide-ranging and multi-faceted, and there are many different styles to choose from. This section will introduce you to the basic skills necessary to get started in the world of woodworking.

Not just for old men in their sheds, it’s for everyone who loves the smell of fresh wood and the pride of a job well done. It is a beloved hobby that people either love or hate, though most people don’t take it too seriously. It’s often touted as fine art, though only a small number of people are experts.

In a world inundated with every kind of material, wood is the true master of simplicity. It is easy to work with, ages beautifully, and can be used to make anything (see patternmaker). A simple understanding of woodworking can open many doors!

Woodworking is the practice of shaping wood using simple hand tools to create structures, furniture, and objects of different kinds. Woodworkers have two kinds of skills: craftsmanship and design. Craftsmanship is the ability to transform raw wood into finished pieces. Design is the ability to draw up a project and plan out how to build it.