Is it just wood, or do you think of any special materials you have in your home?
You have to see the wood. You have to see the style. You have to feel how it reacts. I have a bunch that are hand-made but the rest of my projects were done with a table saw. I’ve been in show biz for 10 years and I am a woodworker.
How did you get into woodwork at all? Did you always want to be a woodworker?
First, I had no interest. My mom came to the US when I was a baby so I had no time to go out and have friends, buy wood or take wood classes. I didn’t know about the art of woodworking.
When you do, you think, “why does that look so good?” You learn the history and technique, you learn the art. You don’t know how long it takes to make a fence but you know when you look at what you are putting up. I learned to use it as a hobby in the kitchen or as a tool. It’s a great tool but I found that a lot of my furniture came out.
If you have a job in architecture do you feel like you could make anything in the field?
I work with a few people who are architects, so I get the feel of what architects are doing, but I can never do it full time. I was very fortunate last year to work full time on something that I actually really wanted to do. So that helped me. I don’t mind working with someone who’s good at making things. I get to feel it. It’s a great feeling having your imagination be a creative outlet but also putting your hands to the task.
Do you find it hard to get things in order during woodwork jobs? Or are there just little things that you don’t think were done correctly?
It depends on the project. Most of the time I’ll know if there is a problem with a plan and get that off my chest. There will be times I will get frustrated, but we have to make it look good and it will look good. You know, sometimes it’s like an artist will use a brush and there is no brushstrokes because it’s just not there. You have to be flexible. I have found time to use a hand-tool but on the other hand I’ve got a table saw. There are some things like that where maybe he didn’t get
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