Well, here we are. The last day of Get Woodworking Week, and I have got to tell you, I have been thoroughly impressed by the outpouring of support from the online woodworking community. The blog posts I have linked to have been funny, thought provoking and inspirational. As I have told several of the posters… if it wasn’t for these awesome posts and active participation, Get Woodworking Week wouldn’t be worth a bucket of warm spit.
As this week draws to a close, we are left with one nagging question: Where to now?
During Wednesday’s Woodchat, a few folks asked me how I was going to be able to tell if the week was a success. Number of hits? Some magic analytic that would show people who got off their butts and into the shop? The number of new blogs from beginning woodworkers?
My response to them was simple. Hopefully, Get Woodworking Week 2012 was enough to kindle a fire. To get folks revved up about their woodworking. Now, the next step is up to each of you. Take the enthusiasm we’ve built these past seven days, and help to spread it where you live.
- Go volunteer to talk to kids in a classroom.
- Maybe offer to talk to folks at a local library about woodworking (Libraries are always looking to put on programs to attract folks).
- Why not offer to help a scout troop with some woodworking projects (the Pinewood Derby season is right around the corner…)?
- Donate some old woodworking books and magazines to your local library or activity center for new eyes to feast upon.
- Invite your spouse, neighbor, child, friend, co-worker, tennis partner, etc. to come to your shop to show them what you do.
- Join a guild or club. You don’t have one in your community? Well, why not start one?
- Build something special for someone just because…
The point is that my little blog is just one miniscule slice of this giant woodworking pie. It’s going to take a lot of effort from talented, enthusiastic woodworkers to get more folks involved in what we do. But, believe me, when those folks see how excited you are about the craft, your energy and excitement will show through.
Who knows? One day, you may have found that you have personally inspired the next Sam Maloof, James Krenov or Marc Spagnuolo.
Just how cool would that be?
By the way, mark your calendars… I’m thinking February 3 – 9 sounds like a good time for Get Woodworking Week 2013…
Oh, and here’s a totally kick butt video from Scott Morton to celebrate Get Woodworking Week…. It’s a must watch. Two thumbs up!
The blog posts are STILL coming in! Here’s the latest of the bunch…