In order to understand, you must do.
My opinion is that you don't need to have all the tools, hundreds of square feet of space or thousands of dollars worth of gear. What you do need is the desire to make something with your own two hands. You need to spend time practicing the craft whether you are making napkin rings or a piece of furniture.
Living in an apartment or condo is a weak excuse to not get into woodworking. Some of us are are fortunate to have a one-car garage that we don't have to share with a car but a spare bedroom or a corner of the basement is just as good. My first shop was under the stairs in the basement of a townhouse - all tolled it was about 60 sq ft. I wasn't making king-sized beds but I was making.
Hobbyist woodworkers are a lucky group. We can enjoy woodworking without the trappings of making a living off of it. We can try new things, use different woods and play with the unconventional just to have a bit of fun.
So there aren't many excuses left. In a world that loves to throw stuff away and buy things that don't last, now is your chance to make something yourself, something that will stand the test of time. Something that you can take pride in. That's what minimalist woodworking is all about.
Who is Vic Tesolin?
I'm a veteran of the Canadian Army where I served for 14 yrs in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. After my honorable discharge, I was a student at Rosewood Studio where I studied furniture design and making under the guidance of some of North America's top furniture makers. I ran my own studio furniture business designing and crafting furniture by commission while working at Rosewood as a part-time instructor and craftsman in residence. I realized that making the type of furniture I liked to make didn't make me much money so I went in search for a real job. I then took the helm at Canadian Woodworking magazine as editor.
Currently, I'm the Technical Advisor at Lee Valley Tools. I still design and build furniture in a modest shop in my home in Carleton Place, Ontario. Having a full time job allows me the ability to build what I want ... gone are the days of making things simply to 'pay the bills'.
I'm also the author of The Minimalist Woodworker. This book encourages people who can't run machines because of noise, dust, lack of space or budget, to woodwork with hand tools.