I’m just curious what everyone’s thoughts are with regards to the future of woodworking. I’m a 27 year grad student and I love my shop! My grandfather was a woodworker, my father has dabbled in it, and I’m addicted. Unfortunately, I haven’t met many young woodworkers. Now don’t take offense, I’m not suggesting that everyone on this forum is old (because frankly I have no idea what anyone’s age is), so I’m just speaking from personal experience and not finding anyone locally (SLC, Utah) that shares this passion.
Personally, I think society has become more and more ADHD (Attention Defecit Hyperactive Disorder) and can’t appreciate something that doesn’t explode within ten minutes, involve holographic CGI special effects, or play itself out on some kind of a screen. Furthermore it seems like more and more people demand immediate results and gratification, ideals that are often counterproductive to quality woodworking.
So I’m curious if those of you that attend retreats, teach classes, etc. have interaction with a good number of young woodworkers or do you feel like appreciation for the craft has been restricted to those of an older generation? Also, and this is only partially related, I feel like this is somewhat represented by woodworking magazines where all of the models and advertising involve men in their forties or fifties.