As we wrap up Get Woodworking Week 2014, it’s important to note that we began and ended with contests of great physical effort.
On Sunday, the Seahawks beat the Broncos in the
SubPar Super Bowl, and today is…
But, today really is about the City of Largo’s Adventure Run. Rhonda convinced me that this mud/obstacle run through one of the city’s nature parks would be a good thing to participate in.
Last year, I watched her and her friend tackle the course, climbing walls, running through obstacles and crawling head-first through deep pools of sticky, gloppy mud.
When the first registration fliers came out for this year’s event, I thought about ways I could weasel out of it. “Oh, it’s going to be too cold.” “Oh, I can’t run 5K, my knees would hurt too much.” “Oh, I don’t have any old sneakers to wear…”
Eventually, Rhonda looked at me and said, “Why don’t you just get off your behind and do this?”
As we leave Get Woodworking Week, I think the most important lesson of all came from my wife. For many of us, we hold ourselves back from trying new things in our shops. Chairs are too difficult. I can never cut a mortise and tenon. I’m not comfortable working with expensive wood.
Maybe we know we want to show our spouses, children, friends or neighbors what we do, but are not sure we are good enough to serve as teachers. Maybe we even are too modest to show off our successful projects because someone may notice a few imperfections.
We now have 51 weeks until next year’s Get Woodworking Week. And, I’m pretty sure that many of you out there truly meant to pass along your woodworking knowledge to others, but time and circumstances conspired to get in the way. Here’s a challenge to each of you… Do something… anything… between now and next year’s event to help spread the love of woodworking to someone new. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, but, believe me, it will have a huge payoff as we get more new woodworkers off the sidelines and into the shop.
And, one day in the future, someone will look back on their woodworking hobby and recall how you gave them the kick in the pants to make it happen.
Here are some more articles to read about Get Woodworking Week:
- The Wood Lab: It’s Get Woodworking Week – two things to keep in mind
- TMBR Toys: A free yo-yo plan for Get Woodworking Week