Everything ever made was designed. If you nailed together some scrap pieces of wood to make a shelf -you designed it. Woodworkers are designers but many don't realise it, or give themselves enough credit. It takes skill and creativity to imagine something and then to make it physically. But like all skills, creativity and imagination can be improved upon. If you're a woodworker, don't underestimate your design skills. If you just jump in and start making with an idea in your head, try sketching first. If you already sketch try technical drawing. If you can use a t-square and set squares to produce technical drawings you are well on your way to being able to use 2D/3D CAD software and eventually producing photo-real renders. I'm not saying you need to be able to do all these things to consider yourself a good woodwork designer. But being able to avail of all the tools available to you will help you explore your ideas further. You will be able to constantly develop your ideas before you even open the door of your woodshop. This will lead to better designs and better finished pieces. Not to mention happier clients, and a happier you!
Hi. I'm Dónal. I'm a furniture maker, carpenter, and woodworker. This blog is a way for me to share my work plus some of my thoughts on woodworking in general.
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