Is Woodworking an Art?

People all over the world paint, sculpt, design, draw, and create.

There are thousands of different avenues where individuals can express themselves creatively and the world can thus profit from its beauty.

When it comes to woodworking though, how can it be qualified? 

Although a more subdued and less sought out hobby, woodworking can most certainly be considered an art. From the most novice woodworkers to those that have decades of experience under their belts, woodworking produces some of the most awe-inspiring pieces created, big and small alike. 

Woodworking is not taking a backseat when it comes to its artistic capabilities, but simply evolving for the era in which it is currently in.

It is an art that can afford individuals something truly original made from hands that care about their product.

Continue reading to see if woodworking is a dying art and how we know if it is or is not.  

How to Know that Woodworking Is an Art

Whether you are looking to start your own woodworking exploration, or you are wondering if there are any ways to generate more revenue in your current woodworking shop, you might be wondering if woodworking is an art that is here for the long haul.

Along with that, you might be toying with the curiosity of woodworking as an art or something else.

Fortunately for you, there are a few ways to know that woodworking is an art- and one that is here to stay. Woodworking is an environmentally conscious effort that aids in the use of recycled wood. Additionally, small business, new hobbyists, and consumers are all demanding the beauty and craftsmanship that woodworking can provide.

Let’s take a closer look at these various reasons and how they verify that woodworking is an art.

Recycled Wood is Available for Woodworkers

Our world is beginning to wake up to the understanding that we need to do more to protect the earth.

Recycling is gaining popularity, second-hand thrifting is becoming a first-choice for many, and economical choices in major areas like travel, food selection, and decor have made their way into the forefront of conversation and life-style practice.

I could go on and on with this list, but one other contributor in this eco-friendly picture is recycled wood.

If you want to get really fancy, you can call it reclaimed wood as it has a bit of a posher ring to it.

However, recycled wood in recent years has become one of the latest and greatest tools for getting people into woodworking.

Instead of taking down a perfectly healthy tree, many individuals are resorting to gathering up old pieces and either restoring them, using them as-is or creating something truly original from a piece that has long seen its glory days. 

Recycled wood can be anything from a piece of an old barn to a slab of an old china cabinet that you found in a local antique shop.

Your options are truly unlimited, but the look of recycled or reclaimed wood is what people appreciate in it.

They see something that has years of wear on it as something beautiful and therefore, they create with it.

Whether it be something for their home, a sign, or even an outdoor area, this wood sparks a lot of original ideas. 

Interestingly, you will even find some savvy businesses investing in rural towns in New England by paying farmers for their reclaimed wood.

The business will replace the wood on a farmer’s barn so that the farmer has an entirely new, sturdy barn.

Then, the reclaimed wood is sold for big city decor or shipped to woodworkers to perpetuate its natural beauty.

Small Businesses in Woodworking are Profitable and Accessible

Luckily for us, the internet has provided limitless opportunities to encounter small businesses every day.

Beyond a consumer benefit from the internet, it has also given people the unique chance to start up their own small businesses with ease.

With places like Etsy, Amazon, and eBay, many small businesses are able to start up their own entrepreneurial dreams without having to put up one single storefront.

What does that mean for woodworking?

If you go on any major site that supports small businesses you will be able to find a slew of businesses that sell all things wood.

From knives to tables, to toys, to furniture, there is a woodworker who was once a hobbyist but has now turned business owner due to the unique opportunity an online business has afforded them.

The accessibility of creating your own woodworking business online is unbelievably simple and completely appealing. 

Within these forums, people spark creativity among one another and the craze simply grows. Ideas are hatched, thought out, planned, and implemented in no time and consumers come in droves to get all their woodworking needs.

They are able to support a small business but also purchase something that was crafted specifically for their wants and needs.

In a time where everything is made in bulk, this has a huge appeal to consumers wanting something better. 

When you think about art in terms of what can hang in a museum or gallery, you would never see replicated copies or reprints of sculptures or paintings. Instead, you would want to see the original.

Why? Because the creativity and ingenuity that is required to make a piece of art are unique to the final product. 

The same goes for woodworking as an art.

A woodworker could hurl at the thought of bringing in a piece of IKEA furniture into his or her home.

The structural design is too simple to be beautiful- in terms of the art of woodworking.

Instead, a woodworker can recognize the beauty that comes in hand-carved designs, intricate edges and joint work, and even the type of wood and natural wood grain that is found in the base of the woodworking piece.

New Hobbyists are Engaged in Woodworking

Trends are a real thing and no matter how hard we may try to deny them (the bad ones at least) they will always come and go.

Woodworking is no exception when it comes to trends, and although those trends may not always be a home run, they certainly have a way of bringing in even the most inexperienced woodworkers into the craft.

This is a huge win in the woodworking world and a clear picture that woodworking will never die. 

Recently, there has been a huge trend in creating super original wood pieces by combining them with epoxy resin.

The process itself is absolutely mesmerizing and even better, pieces are rarely created exactly the same.

This trend got thousands of people on board with woodworking and got even the most inexperienced individuals out there working with their hands and creating something completely original. 

Again, this comes back to the artistry of woodworking.

Whether using epoxy resin and crafting intricate designs on a table, desk, or another type of piece, or engaging in another method of woodworking as an art, the creativity required turns the trade into a true form of beauty.

Trends evolve, they come quickly, leave without and trace, and sometimes resurface.

Woodworking has appealed to so many people because of this and helps to constantly draw in new craftsmen who simply want to try something new. 

Because of woodworking’s ability to evolve, regardless of the century it is in, there will always be a new appeal to someone out there and they will always give it a try.

Plus, just like there are all different forms of art done with paint and canvas, the same can be applied in the woodworking world; not all of the materials and styles have to be the same, and the differences and uniqueness point to an even higher form of artwork.

Consumers Want Woodworking Pieces 

Along with the world coming to terms with the need for more eco-conscious ways of living, there has also been an awakening to the need for more personal, quality items.

Now, this can be seen as a very blanket statement, as there are many people who are happy with mass consumerism and have no qualms with getting their delivery within two days.

I absolutely see the accessibility with these things and sometimes you just need convenience! 

However, convenience can sometimes mean a sacrifice in quality and this is where woodworking shines.

Many consumers see the need for items that are going to last longer than one season, for gifts that can be passed down from generation to generation, and woodworking can afford them this.

Consumers are hanging up the towel for big-ticket stores and putting their money into small businesses that can give them something very unique.

Woodworking is able to give someone an item that no one else can create exactly the way that particular craftsman did.

Through this process, woodworking is able to put itself on the table as art and the type of art that many admire and seek out. 

This can help to motivate the woodworker to use the artist’s eye, too.

Since consumers are willing to pay big bucks for more detailed woodworking pieces, the woodworker can revel in the beauty that goes into his or her woodworking projects rather than trying to rush it through with more simplistic styles. 

Finally, as you dive deeper into the world of woodworking, you will begin to catch details that a newbie might not.

The glimmer of a beautiful wood grain, the handiwork required to make certain cuts, carvings, and joints, and the designs put in place to pull the woodworking piece altogether point you to the artistry that is woodworking.

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