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Woodworking Can Bring Solace in Times of Uncertainty

While none of us can flee from the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19, we can find some relief in small things. Like my friends, family, and coworkers, I’ve been self-isolating for weeks.

During that time, I found some solace just sharpening and tuning up some classic woodworking tools. Why bother with hand tools? That’s a valid question. I’ll admit that they can be exasperating and fussy, but the more you use them, the better and more efficient they are—like all tools, they reward practice.

And there’s nothing like a sharp, well-adjusted handtool. The tools helping me cope are a combination of new and old­ models, some even stretching from the 1930s that I restored decades ago. They’re safe, quiet, and produce a pleasingly clean cut.

It’s woodworking therapy 101.