42 Quotes About Woodworking

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We use many tools in woodworking but the most important tool of all is our brain. You need to put a lot of thought into planning a woodworking project, and then skillfully executing it.

We dedicate this post to all the woodworkers in the world by bringing to you some endearing, some humorous but above endearing quotes about woodworkers. Not to forget the wood and the trees that make it all possible, we have also curated some endearing and eloquent quotes about wood and trees.

Quotes About Woodworking

  • “Woodworking matters. It’s more than a pastime or hobby being a woodworker means that you know the satisfaction and pride that comes from using your hands and mind to build beautiful, functional objects and that you’re as interested in the process as the outcome. Amid the speed and chaos of the modern world, woodworking gives us a place where we can slow down, pay attention, and take the time to do things right.” – Aime Ontario Fraser

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  • “People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Split your own wood, and it will warm you twice.” – Old New England Saying
  • “Some of the finest furniture ever made was veneered.” – Anonymous
  • “The workshop to me always means great atmosphere, working, smell of wood, dust and, at the end of the day, you’ve created something.” – Earl David Linley (entrepreneur)
  • “Few hand tool purists can make a living with them.” – Anonymous
  • “The feel and beauty of finely crafted wood…the refreshing smell of your workshop…the absorbing joy of cutting and joining that makes the hours race by… These are the reasons you love woodworking.” – Jack Neff
  • “Woodworking minus patience equals firewood.” – Anonymous
  • “The best carpenters make the fewest chips.” – Anonymous
  • “Woodworking is a most satisfying pastime, so varied and multifaceted you will never complete the twin processes you have undertaken: acquiring tools and learning how to use them. You have begun a lifetime pursuit.” – Michael Dunbar
  • ‘Woodworking requires a completely different kind of thinking and problem-solving ability than writing. With writing, you take a set of facts and ideas, and you reason your way forward to a story that pulls them together. With woodworking, you start with an end product in mind, and reason your way backward to the raw wood.” – Joshua Foer (Journalist)
  • “By all means read what the experts have to say. Just don’t let it get in the way of your woodworking.” – John Brown

Quotes About Woodworkers

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  • “Woodworkers are knotty.” – Anonymous
  • “In an hour I go from neatness and order to a scene of seeming chaos yet I feel settled in the build of shavings at my bench and feet. In the same one hour, I’ve carved and shaped the whole seat to my rocking chair, formed the two tenons connecting the back from to the front frame yet no machine or so-called power tool pollutes me, my bench nor my work area and work.” – Paul Sellers (woodworking blogger and writer)
  • Quotes About Wood
  • “Anyone who doesn’t think money grows on trees hasn’t bought any lumber lately.” – Anonymous
  • “There is no scrap wood, just pieces not yet used.” – Woodworkers’ Guild of America
  • “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “Touch wood, it’s sure to come good.” – superstition of unknown origin
  • “Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” – Henry Ford

Quotes About Trees

  • “Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” – Herman Hesse
  • “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
  • “It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” – Martin Luther King
  • “Ancient trees are precious. There is little else on Earth that plays host to such a rich community of life within a single living organism.” – Sir David Attenborough
  • “The green oak and cedar—the dark pine, the yellow and silvery-barked willow—each majestic old tree; hath its own peculiar tone and whisper for thine ear.” – Elizabeth J. Eames
  • “Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know-how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel.” – Aldo Leopold
  • “That each day I may walk unceasingly on the banks of my water, that my soul may repose on the branches of the trees which I planted, that I may refresh myself under the shadow of my sycamore.” – Egyptian tomb inscription
  • “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson
  • “Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.” – Munia Khan

Wood lathe. Carpenter lathing wood

  • “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther King
  • “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet
  • “Learn character from trees, values from roots and change from leaves” – Tasneern Harneed
  • “Be like a tree. The tree gives shade even to him who cuts off its boughs.” – Sri Chaitanya
  • “The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun. “– Napoleon Hill
  • “When we walk into a grove of trees or under an open sky the magic of nature takes over and the heaviness of life lifts a little.” – Natassia Cassinero
  • “The trees will tell their secrets to those that tune in.” – Steven Magee
  • “A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.” – David Douglas
  • “When you are lost in the wilderness, a tree will always point you in the right direction.” – Anthony T. Hincks
  • “Yes, the cherry trees put this truth very plainly: none of the glory of blossoms and autumn leaves lasts long in this fleeting world.” – Murasaki Shikibu
  • “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

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