I've been taking a beginner woodworking class. It's also a stepping stone to being able to use the shop in the future for personal projects. That's an important detail for me. I expected to have to make a fairly easy project that everyone else would make too. If I was lucky maybe there would be two or three projects to choose from. I was surprised when, after getting the "everything is scary, you could loose a hand" talk we were told to design and build a lamp of our choosing. I went home and ranted about how that wasn't a good way to teach woodworking to beginners, but I also dug out the sketch book and made a plan. My objectives were to use as many of the power tools in the shop and to keep my design simple enough that I could get it done in the time allotted. After one class our instructor asked three questions: Did you try something new? Did you learn something? Did you have fun? I answered yes to all those questions. He said that's all that matters.
I began to truly appreciate that he prodded us to use our creativity and not simply do a cookie cutter project. I have to admit that "just do it" attitude is a bit out of my comfort zone. I needed the push. I think I did ok this time and if the final products of my classmates are any indication, I think the whole class was a success.
It's a marbleous lamp.
Someonelse said it looked like it belonged in a cabin. I agreed. Can I have the cabin now?