Woodworking: A Great Retirement Hobby
By Robert Johnson
Do you feel like using your hands to create something useful and beautiful out of nothing? Is your mind itching for a challenge? Are you in need of a new hobby? Well, woodworking might just be for you!
Now, learning a new skill might not be a top priority once you reach retirement, but it does have nifty benefits especially when it concerns your health. You see, a hobby is not just there so that you have a thing to keep you preoccupied. If it is as good as woodworking, it covers more than just the pleasure you derive from the activity—there would also be positive effects in other aspects of your life.
Let’s take it one benefit at a time:
Woodworking will keep you social
Woodworking classes at your community would, at least. While the current technology affords one to use even just your mobile phone, search for courses through apps and learn at your own pace, for some, nothing quite beats being in an actual classroom. It’s better to use your phone to search for nearby organizations that offer woodworking classes!
For those who have fewer opportunities for interaction with other people, this is a good way to widen one’s social circle. Besides beginning the same hobby, friendships could be established by exploring other interests and experiences, and working together on a common goal, say, a community project. And that is a good thing for the mind: being social delays memory problems and cognitive illnesses.
And who knows, if your skills are up to par, your creations can make for great gifts to family and friends!
But if you’re not a beginner…
Volunteering for workshops can be great for your mental state
Not every senior who will be interested in the hobby will be a beginner. When you feel that the classes are not up to your level, you can offer to share your knowledge instead. Facilities can always use a little help from volunteers. Practicing something you are good at regularly contributes to happiness and satisfaction. Plus, it is always good for your self-esteem to feel that you are making a difference even in a very personal way.
It’s great maintenance for both the body and the mind
Woodworking takes some physical exertion (and can come with some risk, which is why it is ideal for seniors to do it with other students), but it is worth the effort. The activity can be considered a low-impact exercise, so it does not have to be hard on the body. You can even be seated while working on your craft and you would still end up reaping some of the health benefits! That’s really something now, isn’t it?
But it’s not only the physique that becomes fit. The mind, too, can be in tip-top shape through woodworking. The aging brain has been associated with weak memory and general cognitive decline, but hobbies like woodworking can keep you sharp by always engaging it. Creating furniture, especially for the first time, can be challenging to the mind, and design can force one to be creative. This, and preventing dementia are proven by studies, the most recent of which perhaps is a Mayo Clinic research that found that the crafts decrease mild cognitive impairment by at least 45%.
So, there you have it, we have covered the basics of what could possibly draw you in with woodworking. Keeping an active social life, gaining satisfaction from the opportunity to share knowledge and help, and maintaining a fit body and mind are good enough reasons to reach out to your nearest center. In the end, you might actually go because of the potential for it to be a truly enjoyable experience. Don’t worry about the tools—you’ll learn everything you need there.
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George Young is Woodworking in Retirement
Henry interviewed George Young. George needed to fix up his own house, and so he developed a lifelong interest in woodworking. This interest didn't stop and now he's woodworking in retirement.
Henry talked to George about his life in Scotland and England. George had a carefully planned emigration to Australia that fit in with his retirement plans.
After he moved to Australia, he quickly established his love of woodworking in retirement by joining a local wood workers club. He became enmeshed in its culture and community.
The Berwick Wood Workers Club is open to all men and women who agree to abide by the rules. You don't need to have skills at first, but you must wish to learn skills. Members help newcomers, and George is very proud that a young man they taught and supported went on to become ‘apprentice of the year' in Victoria.
George speaks deliberately and quite slowly, but always from the heart.
If you have an interest in woodworking in retirement, you will probably find a club reasonably close by searching the internet. Henry put ‘woodworking club and his suburb' into Google and found a couple. The more modern equivalent to these clubs seems to be the current spread of ‘Men's Sheds', but I do not know whether they allow women members. Henry says it's a pity if they don't.
If you are interested in learning how to woodwork, check out 17 awesome woodworking projects ANYONE can do.
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Your hobby can help you in your Retirement
Kim Jamieson-Hirst is a YouTube superstar and a pretty big deal in the quilting world! I brought her on the show to not only talk about her hobby of quilting but how ANY hobby can help you in your retirement. Kim is the owner of Chatterbox Quilts in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She started quilting more than a decade ago and initially thought it was boring. But after her friends encouraged her to try and enroll in a quilting course, she became addicted and started her business in 2008. Her designs and articles have been featured in Quilter’s Connection magazine, Irish Quilting, The Country Register, and Bustle & Sew ezine.
Kim is the creator of Unloved and Unappreciated: Finding the Hidden Value in Vintage Sewing Machines and is currently working on more online courses to help quilters reclaim their joy in the craft.
If you think quilting isn't for you or might “boring”, think again! We talked about the various kinds of equipment used as well as the different kinds of quilts there are. It's quite fascinating! You will also discover during this interview, that I know absolutely nothing about quilting!
We also discussed her YouTube channel called Chatterboxquilts. It teaches her followers how to quilt, how to use machines for quilting, and so much more! She's also a blogger, and Kim also works part-time at a French immersion elementary school. Busy lady! What started her project is her passion to share her knowledge with other quilters so that they could enjoy their craft more. Just like our previous guest, Ellen Williamson, Kim's quilting is more of a “jobby”.
Kim goes into greater detail in her freebie, but her tips for reclaiming joy in your hobby are:
- Join groups that have the same hobby as you!
- Exchanging ideas and earning more friends that have the same hobby as you will help you a lot.
- Don't compare yourself to others.
- Everyone is unique. You may be good at quilting and not at woodworking.
- Give yourself permission to stop working on a project.
- Sometimes, you might feel like you're not enjoying what you are doing anymore. It's okay to stop. Time is too short to work on things that you're no longer enjoying.
- Don't feel guilty about the time you spent in working on your hobby.
- You can't buy happiness. If you love what you are doing, just keep on doing it! Also, hobbies are good for your mental and emotional health.
- Stop, but don't quit!
- You might feel that you're not having fun on what you're doing. Take a break.
If you would like to download, 5 Steps to Reclaiming the Joy in your Hobby, it can be found at http://RockYourRetirement.com/Hobby
Kim's contact information is: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org * Website: www.chatterboxquilts.com
It doesn't matter whether you enjoy quilting, sports, cars, or even steam trains, it is important to find a hobby (or several) as your hobby can help you in your retirement. What is your hobby? Share it with us in the notes below.
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