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    How does wood working affect your brain?


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    Building things from scratch and exercising your creativity are perhaps the reasons why many people finds woodworking enjoyable and interesting to do, whether they are building simple DIY project, making furniture or constructing huge and high-end tasks. While it can be both physically exhausting and beneficial, it is mentally rewarding and stimulating as well. As it is quite obvious how it affects us physically, you may, however, wonder as to how does woodworking affects your brain. The answer may surprise you.

    Woodworking as a Creative Process and Activity

    Woodworking has been linked to creativity in many accounts and definitions, as it is one vital part of the entire process. In fact, any mention and suggestion of a creative hobbies or activities to indulge in, it is always included in the list.
    And most people resorts to arts and crafts as the way of discovering who they are, because the creative process can be a personal journey. And design is very important in making sure you are not making the same piece of woodwork like everybody else’s. In his book, Why We Make Things and Why it Matters: The Education of a Craftsman, master woodworker Perter Korn describes this design process before starting to create something as the most creative part in the furniture making.
    And as how every woodworker perceives, it is not about creating a piece of furniture, it is creating works of art. For this fine furniture maker for the past 30 years, Ken Richards shares his creative process as it includes:

    • Creating personal connections
    • Finding inspiration to what moves you
    • Design as a Learned Skill
    • Create Flexible Design
    • Sleep On It
    • Finding Rewards through the Process, and of course
    • Making It happen

    How Creative Mind Works

    With a lot of talks and myths about how our brain works, studies show that creative people’s brain actually functions differently from the rest of us. And this is not even because of the left brain-right brain myth that we all have heard and know of as that is not exactly true. Contrary, the creative process does not involve a singular brain function but rather the whole of it.
    Hence when engaging in artistic activities like woodworking, music, arts and the like, we trigger our brain’s imaginary network, which is highly important in the process, and at the same time works with the brain’s executive network, which helps us focus our imagination and blocking out any distractions and interferences.
    And this is because these exercises demands the use of many of our faculties such as the motor skills, our five senses, making decisions as to the color, texture, shape and design and at the same time making calculations and exact measurements.
    Studies also found out that artists have high level of neural matter in the fine motor movements and visual imagery region. Though, training and environmental influences may play a vital role in their abilities too. It was also revealed that artists have ominously more grey matter on the part of the brain that is involved in a range of functions that are linked to visual imagery of being able to work on visual images in combining and deconstructing them.
    Your brain’s grey matter is largely composed of neuronal cell bodies and serves to process information in your brain, generated in the sensory organs and other areas of the grey matter as well.
    Even producing new and unique ideas may seem easy, but requires serious and tough intellectual course to follow as we have to train our brain how to come up with it as naturally as possible. Thus with this, preparing our brains to produce these creative ideas is consequential. The process may take time and effort, hence we need to develop the habit of knowing how to gather information around us for our brains to have something to work with.
    And to do that, you need to set aside time for your thoughts and ideas to settle in, and relax for the creativity to emerge. It is also paramount to give yourself some creative space as there are also studies that suggest temperature and noise can also affect our creativity.

    Conclusion

    Woodworking is a creative process that makes our brain works differently from that of the normal. The creative process of coming up with designs is the vital part, as most woodworkers aim not just to build but create unique pieces that are art in itself. This requires the functions of the entire brain, most dominantly on the brain’s grey matter. Thus, the right side of the brain that artists are said to use is not true at all. And like all other processes, producing these creative ideas takes time and may be easier said than done.
    So what do you think of this brain’s functions? Comment your questions and thoughts below as I would love to answer them for you and know what you think of this too.

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    Yes I agree woodworking is great for the mind and. I work with lots of different things I used to love electronics computers and cell phones and everything else.
    But woodworking is one of my most enjoyable things to do. I got away from all my hobbies because of computers and electronics.
    Now that I have backed off on that its giving me more time for my other interests. After starting making a couple pipes I got thinking I would like to carve wood again.
    And I was even able to find my carving tools from 30 years ago and they are still like new. So I'm starting again and already have three holes in my fingers. I'm waiting for a shipment for my knew knife and some finger guards. I also just got a small table put together that I have been procrastinating for two years not. The base is something I built 25 years ago and it was just out in garage so I used it as the base on the floor and my friend cud down a 60 year old wisteria plant. I spent many hours cleaning it up and using a wire wheel to get the bark off. that piece is the upright to hold the table top which is an old wooden wheel that was made for some king of belt to run a conveyor or something.It's probably about 100 years old at least. Anyway It's all put together now I need to finish it up with some lite stain.

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    Yes, hand and finger protection is mandatory, unless you are willing to take chances of nicks and can pay 100% attention to your carving task at hand. Razor sharp knives and chisels need to be used with utmost care. Even so, accidents may occasionally happen, so hand protection is extremely important.

    I have been studying that myself, recently. Two website that had a few good points are these.
    https://cutthewood.com/diy/15-safety...odworking-shop
    https://www.disabilityafrica.org/kevlar-carving-gloves/

    Not to forget eye protection, hearing, dust ...


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    Nice links. I have most everything else but I still need a glove.
    I have an old glove somewhere around from my meat cutting days. But I need to get a new one anyway.
    Being a accident prone freak I do need it.

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    Advanced Nutrients, CLW SolarStorm 880,
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    Hi, thanks. Yes, they have a few great thoughts that can help us protect our prodigious digits.

    I hate working with tools while wearing bandages, wounded. ;-)
    Even the tape can help..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Splatoid View Post
    Nice links. I have most everything else but I still need a glove.
    I have an old glove somewhere around from my meat cutting days. But I need to get a new one anyway.
    Being a accident prone freak I do need it.
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    Steps in carving a face.


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    Steps in Carving a face, Video #2


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    Easy to follow.



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    Knock off a pipe.



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