Discussion on woodworking and needing to sand something:
the best way to do it was honestly just to run my fingers all over it and feel for burrs and rough spots. Doing so was deeply satisfyingAllowisious
I just got into woodworking because of this, I’ve been picking up little bits of wood and either using a small file, fingernail, rock, stick, whatever I have available to work on them. I figure I can make a “fidget wood” (driftwood) mobile when I have enough of them. 😀 It’s so satisfying!
I have been trying to do it outside so I don’t have to worry about dust, but now I’m thinking a mini pouch – like a drawstring bag that opens flat – to store the wood & tool in and catch the dust when working it indoors would be good. I think I recall research about touching wood vs manmade stuff that I’m going to go look for now that I’m thinking of it…..
- Physiological Effects of Touching Wood – PMC (nih.gov) Study involved 18 subjects – our study revealed that touching wood with the palm calms prefrontal cortex activity and induces parasympathetic nervous activity more than other materials, thereby inducing physiological relaxation.
- Physiological Effects of Touching Coated Wood – PubMed (nih.gov) Probably the same 18 – testing different wood treatments. Plates of uncoated, oil-finished, vitreous-finished, urethane-finished, and mirror-finished white oak wood were used as tactile stimuli.
- (PDF) Physiological effects of wood on humans: a review (researchgate.net)
I also like to use pet nail grinders, nail drills or a Dremel (heavier, so that’s why I like the nail ones) for when I want to work on something, but my fingers or hands are too tired.
I’m thinking I might try making some worry wood, like a worry stone, just to carry around in a pocket to rub.