Introducing Jiajia and a new blog

Hi! I’m Jiajia. Most days I work in communications at a non-profit based in Toronto. I write press releases, get tangled in hashtags, and generally don’t stray very far from my laptop. When my friend Carey, one of Junction Workshop’s founders, proposed a skill share where I support communications at Junction and in return get some one on one training in woodworking, I jumped at the opportunity.

Heidi and Jiajia (right) laughing it up during an interview.

Heidi and Jiajia (right) laughing it up during an interview.

I love working in communications, every day is different and things move fast, but like lots of office workers I miss the feeling of creating something that I can hold in my hands. A lot of what I do is fleeting and abstract, tucked in digital folders suspended in an amorphous “cloud”.

Words have always been my medium of choice, not wood. But I was drawn to woodworking and Junction Workshop precisely because it’s completely different from what I’m used to. I’ve never really worked with my hands and I’m curious how I’ll navigate a space full of loud machines, fast moving blades, and rough planks of wood. Will I emerge, triumphant, from a cloud of sawdust? Maybe? Maybe not.   

So, for the next few months I’ll be familiarizing myself with all aspects of woodworking, from drawing up designs and milling wood (the process of creating smooth wood planks from raw lumber), to sanding and finishing. At the same time, I’m going to get to know the Junction Workshop community and meet the people who make it so special.

I’ll be sharing my experience through this blog, so check back frequently for interviews, photo essays, and articles on Junction workshop and follow me as I explore woodworking one sliver at a time.

These hands are made for typing. My first woodworking injury – a bruised thumb from flipping a switch on a table saw...

These hands are made for typing. My first woodworking injury – a bruised thumb from flipping a switch on a table saw...