Quick Poll

Woodworking is many things to many people.

For some, it’s a fun and easy way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  For others, it’s the continuation of a family legacy, carrying on the work of a parent or grandparent.  Some may even consider it a form of therapy, getting them out of their daily routine.

While it may seem clear cut to some, for others, it’s a debate.  Is woodworking an art, or is it a craft?

Sure, this is typically discussed among the high-minded folks at some fancy gallery opening, but it’s an interesting question. Since most woodworking projects have a function, they are considered craft.  But, come on.  A George Nakashima table, with its use of live edges of boards and tastefully placed butterfly keys certainly isn’t the same as a plain old coffee table.

So, this week’s poll is trying to get to the heart of the matter – do you believe woodworking is art, craft or something else.

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3 thoughts on “Quick Poll”

  1. Tom,
    I am way early on this one (2 votes). I believe woodworking is a craft BUT when performed by a skilled craftsman the results can be art. Ican name many highly skilled woodworkers who turn out nothing but artistic pieces.

  2. a craft is something you practise; art is something you create. i think woodwork falls into both categories because it is a reproduceable art form. Nakashima can create that beautiful table, but i can practise (ahem, and practise and practise and practise!) until my craft is skillful enough to reproduce his work.

  3. Hey Tom,

    I’ve heard it said that,

    A laborer works with his hands,
    and craftsman works with his hands and his head,
    but an artist works with his hands, his head, and his heart.

    If that’s the case, then then it’s not the media, but the man (woman) that makes it art or craft.


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