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?