Pass on your Woodworking Skills

Helena Woodworkers Guild Members

Anna Baker, one of the committee members who will be planning a guild-sponsored workshop this year.

Helena Woodworkers Guild Members

Dan McArdle (left) and Jeff Camplese are also on the workshop planning committee

Helena Woodworkers Guild Members

Tim Carney is the fourth member of the workshop planning committee.

At last night’s Guild meeting, we set up a committee of 4 members whose task it will be to plan and organize a hands-on workshop that will be sponsored by the Helena Woodworkers Guild sometime this year. The topic is to be determined by the committee. Thanks to Anna, Tim, Jeff and Dan for volunteering to plan a workshop.

Through this furniture blog, I stumbled across a really cool video that fits right into our idea of teaching each other through a workshop setting. This is about passing our skills on to others, not holding them close to the chest, but giving our knowledge to younger generations so that the beautiful craft of woodworking stays alive.

Here are some quotes that may inspire you to share your knowledge however you can.

The craftspeople working today have inherited their skills from a previous generation and we’ve got a duty to pass those skills on to the next generation. It’s a little bit like the gene pool. you can’t capture it on films or in books. It has to be passed on from one person to another. — Robin Wood, traditional woodworker

If you don’t hand it on, all that’s not given is lost. So you must — if you get good at something — show other people how to do this. — Lida Cardozo Kindersley, letter carver

The video is by Creative Skills Awards. At 4:43 the video features Graeme Douglas who, through Impact Arts has worked with 368 unemployed youth, teaching cabinet making, product and furniture design and selling products in their own Glasgow shop. I love his accent!

They are just there and they are just willing, they don’t mind. you can ask them the most stupid question in the world and they will just answer it. Because in their eyes its not stupid it is a really simple question that everyone should actually ask and know the answer to as well. — quote from a young silversmith, speaking about her mentors at Yorkshire Artspace

Most people can make. And craft, when it’s at it’s best its the highest level of concentrated discipline, control and imagination. Thats where it crosses over into design and art. and then the barriers or the definitions fall apart because it’s about the highest level of making.– Daniel Charny, professor of design, Kingston University