What skills do you need to be a woodworker?

I use a combination of hands-on and abstract drawing. With regards to actual hand-working skills, we have a great woodcarving class at the museum. My son will be graduating this Sunday (June 24, 2018, 11:00 AM). In addition, I have been involved in helping at the Woodworker’s Club of the University of New Mexico. We teach how to work in the shop together, and then I teach basic woodworking skills.

I also have a lot of experience selling handmade and craft-like items on Craigslist (mostly vintage clothing and furniture).

What interests do you have in woodworking?

I enjoy working with my hands, and I always wanted to improve my skills.

What inspired you to become a woodworker?

There’s a lot of stuff out there that is interesting: wood, woodworking, woodworking accessories, woodworking supplies, woodworking projects, books and websites.

What is your favorite kind of woodworking item?

Anything that is easy to assemble, takes a single piece, and creates something beautiful.

Which projects are you working on now while not in school?

I am learning to weave. The other things I do are my son’s classes and our new woodworking store.

What is one piece of equipment that you absolutely hate?

We use the table saw for cutting and we can’t stand to work with a hand-waxed table top.

What is the smallest piece of equipment that you cannot live without?

A bench.

Who was your most inspiring person?

My husband, I think it’s fair to say. His perseverance is second to none, for my part it’s just great advice.

What advice would you give to first-time woodworkers?

Work hard at this craft and learn to control the materials.

I am an avid woodworker by trade, but I am in no way an expert when it comes to the finer details. I have always made an effort to learn, however. For instance, the most important tools are the ones you need most often. If you have something you know will be useful to you, then that should be in the toolbox. That’s your ultimate guide for woodworking and it goes to the heart of the process—which are the materials and the skills.

What is your favorite piece of wood?

In addition to the table saw, I am especially