There comes a time for every woodworker where the need arises to dry something new. This is true whether you’ve been enjoying the craft for 10 months or 10 years. Either way, you’ll find that you’re just ready for a new challenge. Perhaps it’s that you’ve mastered pocket holes and you’ve made your family some nice furniture; maybe it’s that you’ve already perfect the art of the dovetail and you’d like to start thinking outside the box.
Whatever the case may be, at Long Island Woodworking Supply, your source for essential woodworking tools, we’d like to encourage you to stay the path. It’s during this time that many woodworkers often choose to either scale back on what they’re doing or give up entirely in pursuit of a new hobby. Instead, we advocate for changing things up a bit. How can you do that, you ask? That’s a good question, and it’s one we’ll do our level best to answer in today’s post, so keep reading to learn more.
Finding New Inspiration
Whether you’ve always worked from plans or you’re the type of person who likes to make a project up as you go along, if you’ve found yourself at the end of your creative rope, you may be wondering what’s next. Our advice? Set out in search of inspiration.
Has it been years since you opened up the pages of Fine Woodworking? Head to the newsstand and get yourself a copy. Never browsed YouTube for project ideas? You should, because they’re nearly endless!
No matter your situation, the thing that often helps the most is a fresh dose of inspiration.
Try Something New
For many woodworkers, frustration sets in when they feel like there’s nothing new to do. No matter your skill level, you’ve probably bumped up against this idea a time or two. Needless to say, when you feel like what you’re working on isn’t challenging you anymore — either mentally or creatively — then it’s time to do something different.
Maybe you know all there is to know about joinery. You’ve worked with countless species of wood and you’ve built just about everything under the sun. If that’s the case, expand your horizons! What we mean by that is that it may be time to combine the art of woodworking with another art. How can you do that? The possibilities are vast. Perhaps you could take inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement, fabricating a desk out of wood with leather accents. Or take some inspiration from master crafter Jimmy DiResta and build something like his oak and leather toolbox.
So you’re not into the idea of working with leather. That’s okay! Perhaps you could get into metalworking or blacksmithing, combining a new passion with an old one in a way that works for you. Or, of course, you could pick up one of our Colwood wood burning kits and try your hand at something outside of your wheelhouse. With Christmas just around the corner, you could put on a new bandsaw blade, fire it up, and carve out a three dimensional reindeer!
At the end of the day, the point is that if you’re feeling bored with your projects, the best thing you can do is to try something that’s out of the ordinary because it just might be exactly what you need to get the wheels turning and get you excited about woodworking again.
We Have All of the Essential Woodworking Tools You Need
No matter what type of woodworking you like to do (or should we say no matter what type of woodworking you’d like to try next?), we have all of the woodworking supplies you need to make your dreams a reality. From woodturning supplies to hand tools to clamps and vises to Japanese tools to finishes, adhesives, and sharpening supplies, you’ll find it all right here at Long Island Woodworking Supply.
We pride ourselves on offering the best customer service in the industry, so whether you have questions about our products or you’re just looking for some advice on which tools to get, don’t hesitate to contact us to get the help you need. And rest assured that once you’ve placed your order, we’ll ship it as fast as we possibly can. Place your order today, and happy woodworking!