Working Wood by Hand

I like working with hand tools much more than power tools whenever I can. Aside from the fact that they’re infinitely safer – no spinning blades, etc. to slice through flesh – they’re also quiet. And rather than making sawdust, which is unpleasant to breathe, non-powered tools make shavings, so a mask isn’t necessary. But more than that, hand tools bring me into physical contact with the wood, in exactly the same way that intaglio printmaking requires physical contact with the plates and paper.

I enjoy the way a tool feels in my hand, the way it responds to my direction, and the way it interacts with the surface of the wood. Using hand tools is similar to playing a musical instrument. When well tuned and skillfully employed, they literally sing as they cut, shave, and shape the surface of the wood, achieving the desired effect.


About Bryant
Bryant is a business management and organizational development executive with over 20 years’ experience focused on financial and operational efficiencies, talent development and optimization, improved employee engagement, and cultural alignment of teams within the organization. He has diverse experience in successful financial and strategic planning, brand management, leadership analysis and talent development, as well as designing and executing improvements to teams’ cultural efficacy and organizational alignment. Bryant has experience in both International Public S&P 500 Corporate and Non-Profit Sectors, and also runs his own entrepreneurial business venture, a consulting company specializing in helping small businesses and organizations improve operational efficiency, leadership development, and employee engagement . Bryant holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA).

2 Responses to Working Wood by Hand

  1. Chuck Pierson Phone #828-674-6812 says:

    Hey my name is chuck I have a Lee Enfield #1 mk3 that has been sporterized. I am having a hard time finding the wood part I only need the lower forehand and top forehand (very end piece the metal nose peace) Also need nose piece with screw. Do you know we’re i can find these parts, This gun was a good friend of mine farther he brought it back from the war,it is a lithgow sht Le 1916 made in Australia 🇦🇺. Thanks chuck


    • Bryant says:

      I got my wood and most of my parts on ebay, with a couple others coming from Numrich. Give them a try. You might also try the Facebook groups focused on Enfields, although many of those don’t allow selling or buying of parts anymore.


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