DIY may not automatically be everyone’s cup of tea, but sometimes this is just because people have not given a discipline a real chance.
Many DIY-haters dislike the whole scene as a result of their experiences at school; i.e. they didn’t enjoy themselves in woodwork class when they were a teenager and so they have never thought about doing something similar again. For others, it can be a lack of patience, as learning a new skill can be challenging at first – it just takes a little mental strength.
Whatever your reason for wanting to learn a new DIY skill, you could be opening yourself up to a whole new world of creativity, so stay calm, learn little by little and enjoy yourself as you take your first steps:
Electronics– Advanced electronics is naturally a more complex challenge and perhaps one that many of us will never master, but a little basic wiring is well within anyone’s capability. It may take a bit of reading to get to grips with the theory, but then all you have to do is order your components from electronic parts suppliers and you are away. Start by wiring a battery to an LED and a switch, then move on to more difficult circuits.
Carpentry– No one is expecting you to make an ornate piece of furniture; just have a think about what sort of thing you would like to make – maybe a box or a customised shelf – then get to work. You might need to borrow certain tools from friends, but each new device is usually fairly fun to use for the first time. The finished product can be a personal accomplishment and a useful addition to your home.
Whittling/carving– You have seen old men in movies whittle sticks and carve faces on blocks of wood, now it is your turn. You can whittle using any sharp knife, but be careful not to cut yourself. You could buy wood from a DIY shop or just pop out to your garden and cut a fresh piece down to form the basis of your masterpiece.
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