How do you rank yourself as a woodworker?


  • Michael Voolich - 8 years ago

    I just watched "Kitchen Turned Bowls & Custom Cutlery" S21 E2. Where did you get the metal blanks for the forks and knives? What is the quality of the knife blanks that you used? Are they made in America or China? I liked your show. I taught machine woodworking for 20 yrs and am now retired. Unfortunately, I fell recently and broke my femur and I'm still having troubled regaining my balance and mobility. Also, I was surprised that you didn't used blanks that required the use of rivets to attach the handles over the tangs, but it's evident to me that a tang that works with epoxy is a far superior method.
    Mike Voolich

  • Vidal - 12 years ago

    I would like to know where I fall on that scale. I have been working for ten years custom wood finish work and cabinetry

  • lynsg - 12 years ago

    I consider myself a beginner. I am very fussy about my woodworking, and have been very satisfied with some of the furniture results. I have much to learn, and I think a sign of a good woodworker is the efficiency with which he/she completes a project. When I have more skill and experience, I will be more efficient.

    Here is another 'quirk' in my approach to woodworking. I like the natural look and feel of wood. Most would say it is impractical not to put a finish on the wood.

    Steve Goldsmith

  • Marc-Andre - 12 years ago

    It may sound a bit pretencious to call myself uber-skilled, but I do make my living out of selling furniture and cabinetry. There is one thing I believe to be important to remember: I can still learn from everyone, a beginner as well as a seasoned woodworker. I'm good at what I do, but don't ask me to carve or make a High-Boy reproduction, I still have to learn a few things for that.
    I think efficiency is one key element of being a "pro", not only the skills.

  • Ken - 12 years ago

    I too waffled between intermeadiate and advanced. It depends on the project. But I thinkDavid Marks would just laugh either way.


    Gread Job on the WW. Thanks for all you do.


  • Dave k - 12 years ago

    Sadly I am a wood butcher. But I love to try, and drool over completed projects of talented woodworkers.

  • Jacek - 12 years ago

    I heard that after 25 years of experienced you will see how much you have to learn :)
    After 6 years I thing Im beginner with some knowledge :)

  • Jim Barry - 12 years ago

    Being a pastry baker (retired) and woodworker, I'd class sugar as dry... until it gets wet, just like sawdust. :)


  • George - 12 years ago

    I'm with Todd B.... not sure of the differences. I guess I would consider myself
    an advanced intermediate sometimes bordering on being an uber-skilled beginner!

  • Mike Ward - 12 years ago

    Hmm. Über, eh? David marks did say Daaang about one of my pieces once (that he helped me on with the alchemy going into a a copper sheet for a green Greene & Greene hall table. Also, I did learn a LOT through Marc Adams school, upto the Masters level - taking courses in things I didnt understand, or feared. Overcame that. My biggest problem is finishing the projects after I schlep them home. Going to get going on that rocking chair this year for sure!

  • Todd Binnix - 12 years ago

    Marc, I considered myself intermediate but not sure the exact definition between intermediate and advanced. Just curious what you think an advanced woodworked can do that an intermedite can't.

    For example, I have taken a class on bentwood lamination and made a lamination but I have never made a project using this technique yet. I have used Mortise and tenon Joinery, Dovetails, miters with splines, dado's etc to build 'stuff'. Are you an advanced woodworker when you build an advanced project (What's that?)


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