Swinging Hammers and Drilling Holes
As a new homeowner, the last six months of living here has really brought out a new side to me, working on some projects around the house. I had the thought of writing this post after reading a post from my friend Ashley, where she describes how she felt when she had to do some handy work around her house. She describes a feeling of being a strong independent woman, not needing a man around to do some manly work around the house.
Her experience got me thinking “how do I feel when I do project around the house”? Since moving to the house, I tackled some woodworking projects, making a workbench, a TV stand, a turntable stand, and a cornhole set. While doing these projects, I felt like I was exercising my masculine side, working with my hands to create something out of basic starting materials. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandfather’s house, where he had a full workshop, where he would build machines for his pasta factory, and allowed my brother and I to use some of his tools to make some toys. I know that that had a big impact on me growing up.
Now that I have my own set of tools, I can use my creativity to build the things I want and to work on projects to make our house complete. So when I’m working on these projects, I feel like my male self, channeling my grandfather, who was a big part of my upbringing and influenced my masculine identity. I find it so interesting how people have different perspectives when doing simple tasks, whether it be hanging a coat hook or building some furniture.