As I am only 13, I am struggling to find anywhere that I can get tuition,
other than at school in my CDT lesson, which is 45mins. shared between 30
pupils, one lesson per week. I am clearly not going to progress very fast
there! My teacher has offered me a great opportunity, to go on a residential
course at Easter for 4 days and do woodworking etc. I am going to do to take
this opportunity and go for it. I really want to have lessons as well
Does anyone know of anyone in NE London, UK who would be willing to do
Does anyone know of any good "teach yourself" websites for woodworking?
Greetings from Houston, Texas, Sam,
With intelligence, application and desire, there is not much that you can't
learn out of books. Sounds like you have what it takes, so get busy reading,
as well as taking every opportunity that comes your way to follow your
Got a public library around? And for woodworking titles to look out for,
check the wREC archives:
You'll learn much more by watching a skilled carpenter/joiner than with
books or even at college. I'm in Cornwall so too far away to help you but
would if you were nearer. You certainly have the right attitude and seem
very keen, which is a rare thing to find in an apprentice nowadays!
By the way, because of your age make certain that your parents meet and take
details of anyone 'taking you out for the day/week' I don't mean to sound
condescending but there could be a risk.
p.s. good luck
And whoever is teaching should meet Sam's parents and get a permission slip
stating they understand the possible risks in woodworking.
It isn't just the 13 year old who faces possible risk here.
"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity
has made them good." H. L. Mencken
Sam, what constitutes a 'good' teach yourself website depends in large
part on what you want to learn. One of the best ways to find these
places is to do a Google search on the kinds of items you want to make
and the kinds of techniques you want to learn. (ie, 'hope chests' or
'hand-cut dovetails.') You'll find enough good sites to keep you busy
for a long time.
Sleep? Isn't that a totally inadequate substitute for caffine?
You might be surprised how much you can learn from 45 minutes a week-
it's all about asking questions. To learn most things, you can get a
lot out of the various woodworking magazines and a good deal of
practice in your shop. There are a couple of things where it helps to
have a real person showing you what's what, and those are what you
should focus on with the time you've got- for me, it was sharpening
plane irons and setting the suckers up, but you may have other things
you're struggling with.
I'd help you out if I could, but you're a bit too far away!
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