Why is Woodworking an Important Skill?

There are so many things in this modern world that call our attention.

Good or bad, these things tend to eat up our time.

And so the question remains “Are these things worth your time?”

Woodworking goes beyond a time-eater, it is a skill that few pursue and many covet.

Woodworking is an important skill because it affords you the chance to gain confidence in your individual abilities, teaches you to work with your hands, gives you a sense of independence, and affords you an outlet when you need an escape. This skill comes with practical and internal benefits.

Although woodworking may be a venture that pushes you past where you are comfortable, it is a skill that is going to help you delve into something that requires more of your mind, body, and patience.

Woodworking is not for the faint of heart, but it is a skill that gives much more than it takes once you have the basics down and a continued desire to learn more.

Continue reading to see some of the top benefits that woodworking can grant you. 

Top 4 Benefits of Woodworking as a Skill

Woodworking is not just a hobby and it is not just a means to an income.

There are so many reasons why this skill helps to do more than fill your time and bring in a little cash.

There is something to be said for knowing how to work with your hands and the tools that are at your disposal and woodworking is something that will help build you up, but also benefit those around you. 

Specifically, the top four benefits of woodworking as a skill include the following:

1. Woodworking Builds Confidence 

The world that we currently live in is one that is fueled by the availability of things that are already made, are quickly brought to us, or require no work from us at all.

Things like same-day delivery, instant mashed potatoes, rushed shipping, microwave dinners, and pre-assembled shelving all make our lives a little easier, but take away our own self-awareness.

Are we capable of doing these things on our own? 

As humans, sometimes we get so comfortable in our own habits that we fail to realize those capabilities.

This is the beauty of woodworking. For most of us, we start out at a very novelty level.

You cannot start out anything new as a master, so saddle up and remember that sometimes finding something you love that you are relatively bad at in the beginning is the beginning of a really great journey. 

Woodworking takes time, it takes dedication, it takes failure, it takes frustration, it takes years of fine-tuning, and it takes finally getting it right.

There is no magic button that you can push to get to a mastery level of woodworking overnight- even if you are naturally gifted with this skill.

Along those same lines, there is no amount of money that you can pay to become the greatest woodworker there ever was.

Plus, there is no instant remedy to make you better than you currently are.

You have to push yourself further than you thought possible to do it well. 

Although this may sound defeating to some, it teaches others a very strong lesson of the value of perseverance, which in turn helps you to build your own confidence.

Just as woodworking goes, so does confidence – the skill is built.

By failing and succeeding, this skill helps to construct a self-awareness that emits a sureness of self and paves the way to implement that confidence in other areas of your life. 

This confidence gained from the skill of woodworking can impact your woodworking (personal or professional) life as well as other areas of your life.

Confidence can help to bolster your woodworking business and marketable reputation, and it can also help in your many personal endeavors from childhood well into late adulthood.

2. You Learn to Work With Your Hands 

We all know how to work a computer, how to get a phone to send a text, a gif, a written note, an email, a picture, and more.

We know how to get the Bluetooth hooked up, how to stream a live concert, how to order take out without even calling the restaurant, and how to pay someone without even pulling out a check or cash.

However, do you know how to make a window box, how to install a set of steps, how to piece together a dresser for a newborn’s room? 

Woodworking allows people in a technologically fuelled world to learn how to do something with their hands.

It teaches an age-old skill that is relevant yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

There is such a need for people who are capable of more than opening their computers. Woodworking allows someone to take a skill and put it at the mercy of their own hands.

There is something quite inspiring in being able to achieve such a thing. 

Using your hands to create something opens up a door to a beauty that you otherwise would have never been afforded.

You are able to design something that originates from within you or implement a piece that goes off of someone else’s inspiration.

This makes your skill not just a trade, but a gift of sorts.

You are able to share that gift with those around you, whether it be big or small, and participate in something that you (and others) genuinely love. 

When you are able to work with your hands in the woodworking world, you refine this skill and can even apply it outside of woodworking endeavors.

You naturally become more acquainted with a variety of tools and the local hardware store, so achieving other handiwork projects around your home might not seem as intimidating as they once were.

3. Woodworking Affords You Independence 

I cannot tell you how many times I have, in the past, been stuck in the position where something is either broken or malfunctioning in my home and I used to have to call someone else to fix it.

I am sure that many of you, like me, are not (or at one point were not) well versed in all trades of this world and have been forced to call a plumber, a welder, an air conditioning repairman, and a pool expert at one point or another.

However, this does not have to be the case when it comes to all things wood. 

Even with only a bit of experience, woodworking is able to afford you the knowledge behind fixing those smaller things around your home without having to worry if you are fit for the job or not.

This even goes back to how this skill can help to instill confidence.

With a little practice here and there, you begin to get comfortable with the craft and you start forgetting to hesitate when someone asks for a bit of help around the house. 

You then find yourself repairing ramps, sanding down flaky pool decks, creating new coffee tables, and mending jutting doors in a matter of no time.

With your own experience, you are able to say “Yep, I can do that,” without a moment of self-doubt.

Gone are the days of having to call your repair guy.

You are now the master of your castle and the king of your land.

Just remember to call the electrician if you have got some wire issues, ok? You are not that good- yet. 

4. Woodworking Gives You an Outlet 

Ever come home from a day at work in the office that was just completely taxing?

Traffic was horrible, you had serious issues with email correspondents, your colleagues were disagreeable, and your lunch break ended with a salad that was less than satisfying.

You come home and plop down in front of the tv to unwind, but it just is not doing it.

You have something in you that needs to be released, but running is out of the question and you need something to get your mind going. 

Woodworking is a skill that requires you to use your brain in a way that is unlike many other extra-curricular activities.

You have all these tools, all these different types of woods, all these possibilities that go from a piece of scrap to a desk in a matter of weeks.

Woodworking requires something from you that is not innately stressful but is fun.

You have power beneath your fingers, ideas gushing through your head, and time to give to the process of creating. 

When you need an escape, woodworking is the hobby and skill that affords you the opportunity to get away from reality and completely immerse yourself in something that is really quite unique.

Sitting in your shop with a little music, the smell of wood permeating the air, the sound of saws going, and the potential of a really incredible piece at your fingertips affords you the ability to vacation every single day without ever having to leave your home. 

On this same note, woodworking can become a profitable outlet if you would like for it to (although we are not pushing that all creativity must be profitable).

However, if you are looking for a secondary source of income (or are looking to dive all in with woodworking full-time), woodworking can be an outlet for this as well.

Whatever direction you take it, woodworking is there as a practical skill for you for a lifetime.