Well, I have some time on my hands here and I thought I'd see if this
sounds familiar to anyone else:
I suck. I'm 32 and just getting into the woodworking thing. I've
never really done any 'cabinetmaking' type woodworking before and have
recently taking a strong interest in it. I've collected a few tools
from the eBay, Japan WW and such, I've sharpened with both Scarey and
waterstones, and I'm just beginning my workbench proper (of the Good,
Fast, Cheap variety). I'm using hand tools. No power.
You see, I'm a programmer (or more appropriately, a code-monkey). But
I'm an ISTP, which labels me as an artisan/tool user (see keirsey.com
or google myers-briggs for an explanation). So even though coding is
my 'tool' and software engineering my profession, it leaves much to be
desired, IMO. The reason, I suspect, is b/c anything I craft in my
profession is inevitably re-written, replaced, or made obsolete by new
technolgy within 3 to 5 years. How depressing is that? The things I
do, while commanding a good price per hour, have no lasting value.
So I've taken up woodworking, specifically building hand crafted
furniture. At least that's my lofty goal. I have no illusions about
my lack of ability. What's frustrating is the fact that unless you're
willing to just drop everything and go enroll in a school or
apprenticeship somewhere, you're pretty much left to your own devices
to learn and improve. A long, slow, painful path.
I'm taking a couple of classes in the next few weeks, so maybe that
will help alleviate this 'helpless' feeling I have. Maybe it's just
my personality type which causes this impatience. I vaguely recall
feeling this way when I started programming. Actually, I guess I did
drop everything and enrolled in grad school to get a CS degree, so go
I don't want to get too long-winded here, so let me ask this: Is
anyone else in the same boat? Had a similar experience? Care to 'set
me straight' with a bitch-slap? I'm just testing the waters of the
group here to see if anyone else out there is 'like me'. No one wants
to feel alone, right?