Where do woodworkers come from?

Survey: What is (or Was) Your Day Job?

The ranks of woodworkers seems to be filled with engineers, machinists, doctors, computer programmers, firefighters and police officers.

I’ve met only a few attorneys who are woodworkers. And, even more interesting, only one fellow newspaper journalist. I’ve never met a politician who was a woodworker – though I know there are some out there, such as Jimmy Carter.

What does it mean? Probably not much. But I think it’s interesting how professions that thrive on conflict – journalists, attorneys and politicos – seem less likely to take up our craft. And those who build or serve – engineers and firefighters – are more common.

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