Just For Laughs

As woodworkers, we often find ourselves gaining confidence as we develop our skills and gain more experience. It’s natural to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in our craft. However, it’s important to recognize that there are limits to our expertise, especially when it comes to humour.
While woodworking may bring joy and satisfaction, it does not automatically grant us the ability to create funny humour. This is a common misconception that many woodworkers, including myself, have fallen victim to. We may be skilled with our hands, but that doesn’t mean we have a natural knack for comedy.
Speaking from personal experience, I can attest to the fact that attempting to create funny woodworking-centric humour can often result in less-than-stellar outcomes. In fact, my feeble attempts at humour, including my ill-fated venture into woodworking poetry, serve as a perfect example of how things can go awry.
It’s important to embrace our mistakes and learn from them. While it’s tempting to get carried away with newfound confidence, we must remember that humour is a skill in itself and requires practice and understanding of comedic timing and delivery. It’s okay to have a sense of humour and enjoy a good laugh, but we should also be mindful of our limitations.
Instead of forcing humour into our woodworking projects or online content, we can focus on showcasing our craftsmanship, sharing valuable tips and techniques, and inspiring others in the woodworking community. Let’s celebrate our skills and experiences without feeling the need to be the class clown.
So, let’s have a laugh at my expense and look at some of my terrible attempts to be funny, while also acknowledging that being a skilled woodworker does not automatically qualify us as comedic geniuses. It’s critical to approach humour with humility and recognise that it’s acceptable to leave the jokes to the pros.
Let’s continue to grow as woodworkers, learning from our mistakes, and appreciating the true beauty of our craft. And if a moment of humour arises naturally in our woodworking journey, let’s embrace it with a smile, knowing that it’s a delightful surprise rather than a forced attempt at being funny.