Consider the Tree


 The bulk of my sales are wood buttons, something that seems to be quite seasonal. This was my first winter working wood full-time and I have been turning out buttons on a much larger scale. Buttons aren’t my favorite thing to make as they can be fairly monotonous and because of this my tendency lately has been to work fast and carelessly. Last week, I cut myself pretty good with the V chisel and had to take a step back and re-evaluate some things. Image

I would like to share some personal woodworking philosophy.

Wood is perfected when it is part of the Living Tree. The Tree is its apex and once it is cut it serves lesser purposes. Because of this, one must regard its original form and structure to save the most of that perfection present in the Tree. This is why I love green woodworking and hand tools. A belt sander does not care what original form the wood once had and treats all wood the same. A knife must, at all times, consider the Tree or the wood will not respond. I forgot all this and payed for it.

There is so much I want to learn and am very excited to move from buttons to green woodworking. For now, I have been carving a lot of spoons and made myself a letter holder.




About Anthony Wilder

I am an artisan woodworker from Grand Rapids, MI. Woodworking is my passion and I do all my work with hand tools. We can learn a lot from past methods and mindsets and I am working towards teaching the lost art of working wood.
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