How to be more creative as an artist – In 6 actionable steps

Creativity is very important for both the artist and the artisan. For the sake of this article we will consider them to be the same and simply refer to them as an artist. The biggest discernible difference between an artist and artisan is that the artist creates for the sake of creation alone and there is no functional value to the craft. However, skilled artisans like wood workers, ceramists, glass blowers, and embroiderers who make original, detailed and one of a kind work are not anything less than artists. So putting this artist versus artisan debate aside, it is a […]

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The artist versus the artisan – which one are you

Let’s face it. Artists make more money than artisans. This was true in the 16th century and it is a little true today as well. The major difference is in the degree of freedom in who can call themselves an artist. The difference is also in the acceptance of people in regards to whom they consider as artists. The earliest definition of an artisan was someone who made things using his hands. By that definition even painters and sculptors were considered as artisans. This changed around the age of renaissance in Europe when the grand masters emerged. In the medieval […]

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Teach Online – How To Become An Internet Educator

In recent times a new way has surfaced to monetize your knowledge, expertise and skill online, and that’s by teaching others what you know. Teaching and tutoring is nothing new. But what changed is that it is now possible to do it remotely online and connect with hundreds of interested learners situated far away. What has also made this process remarkably simple is the launch of several online platforms dedicated to the medium of remote online teaching. These platforms make it easy for you to join and share your knowledge with others. Apart from having access to thousands of interested […]

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Can An Art And Craft Business Make Money In Today’s Time

Is art and craft still profitable as a business? Craftspeople and artists together feel the impact that mechanization and mass production has had on their work, affecting the demand for their creation and the sales thereoff . For many budding artisans and artists as well as amateur ones, it is a matter of serious contemplation whether to consider and art and craft business as a viable means of earning a livelihood. Using business strategies  It’s true that in order to do so requires one to do things intelligently. “Just build it and they will come” might not be true anymore […]

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Are Hand Tools Needed In Modern Wood Shop – The woodworkers speak..

Hand tools versus power tools is still an ongoing debate in the arena of woodworking. The purists will tell you that using hand tools is the only way true craftsman do woodwork where as the practical woodworkers of current day and age will tell you that it just doesn’t make any practical sense not to use power tools. The modern day scenario There are certain hand tools that will always be a necessity. For example most of your measuring and marking tools are hand tools. There is no replacement for a good combination square. Similarly your marking tools like the […]

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Can A Small Woodworking Business Profit In Current Economic Climate?

Is it possible to run a moneymaking small-scale woodworking business in today’s day? We are talking about the kind of woodworking business where you are practically the only primary employee, who does the woodwork and, most likely, operates from a home-based wood-shop. Can a woodworker make a full-time income from such a setup? The biggest hurdles are the mass manufactured wood crafts made in huge factories with commercial grade power tools capable of churning out thousands of items every month. How is a single woodworker with limited production capability supposed to compete with that? The production numbers are just the […]

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Best Ways To Cut Plywood Clean And Straight Every Time

I know that it’s a pretty basic and straightforward topic. But still there are some tips that are worth sharing when working with plywood. Being a little more informed about the different variety available as well as techniques for handling plywood helps in making better building decisions. How to cut a large plywood sheet First thing to keep in mind, and you know this but it still worth repeating, plywood is heavy. A full board is both heavy and cumbersome to carry. So take care when moving the sheets. There are some simple appliances you can use to assist you […]

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3 Best Hand Planes You Should Buy First And How To Use Them

One of the first things you might be questioning is why do you even need hand planes in your woodworking shop and for what all can you use them… Woodworkers who use hand planes know how useful they can be. Inspite of being hand tools they are the preferred way to go for many kinds of jobs. Once, you get friendly with these tools and realise what they can do for a wood worker, you will find yourself reaching out for them instead of your table saw, belt sander and a planer, on many occasions. Advantages of having hand planes […]

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How To Setup, Tune And Maintain A Perfect Table Saw For Years

These steps apply whether you are about to use a brand new table saw for the first time or want to do some maintenance work on the one that you have been using for a few years. It’s usually a good idea to check a brand-new table saw for accuracy and a few other issues. Similarly it’s advisable to carry out similar checks and clean out the table saw that you have been using for sometime. Doing this can even prevent certain issues from coming up in the future. It’s a good idea to schedule a check up and clean […]

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Why working from home is difficult for so many people

What are the most common difficulties of working from home and how to overcome them. You may find it surprising to read this but it’s true. Many people find it very difficult to get work done even when they are working from the comfort of their homes. I know this from first-hand experience as I quite often give out assignments to people whom I know and who wish to work from home. Some of them have a tough going of finishing anything on time. These are some of the common reasons why they cannot do the work. No dedicated time […]

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