A New Hope #1: Joining a Community

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Blog entry by PeteBarrett posted 01-09-2018 01:09 PM 510 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been an artist of some form my entire life. My current job involves directing and creating artwork for a mobile video game for a rather large game company, which, while it has afforded me a number of great things, is a bit of a soul sucking enterprise, and not something that I get great satisfaction out of. One of the things that it has let me do in the last few months is purchase my first home, and with that, I’ve now got a room that I can dedicate to getting into something that has always piqued my interest (and clearly all of yours) woodwork.

I’ve dabbled here and there through the years, but apartment living was never conducive to kicking up tons of dust, or really collecting tools needed to do anything. Now, I have a nice basement shop (not huge, but big enough for my needs), that I can customize and work in, and it has already been one of the more rewarding endeavors of my life.

I’ve always been a relatively quick study, always loved learning, and dipping my toes into the vast pool of woodwork has already completely enveloped my life. I’m going to try and journal/blog a lot of experience here, for myself, but also just to interject myself into a community that I currently have very little insight into. There are other woodworkers on the small island I live on, but I’m not an overly social person, so face to face time could be minimal.

Looking forward to reading and learning as much as I can from this site, and look forward to seeing all the great projects you all produce!

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#1 posted 01-09-2018 03:02 PM

Welcome aboard the “not so face to face” LJ forums.

The vanity plate on my BIL’s Harley is “THERAPY”.... Shop time is my therapy.

Sounds like your day job artistic work is not scratching the itch to create. I do a lot of design work at my day job, but things are rather redundant and the quality of the designs are often compromised by the need for economy in the product. After all, if it doesn’t generate and order, it was all for not.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#2 posted 01-09-2018 03:08 PM


I’m not even two months in to taking it seriously, and it takes up ALL of my spare time (and some of my not spare time). I’ve also got a massive comic book collection, that for years I’ve been planning and designing a modular wooden storage system, so both hobbies have now collided into one all consuming therapeutic escape from the daily grind ;)

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#3 posted 01-09-2018 05:16 PM

Welcome! This is a nice place with a lot of good people and interesting projects.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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