Karol is a fine wood worker in Brooklyn, NY.
AP- If you just built a new house and it didn’t have anything, what would be the first piece of furniture you would build for yourself?
Karol – A bed, a very nice looking bed. Or maybe a dresser? I don’t know, what do you think? No, not a dresser, a dining table, yes a dining table. Geez, I don’t know! There are so many things I would build. I would build everything! But to play along, I would build a dining table – a 10 ft dining table to seat 12 people for dinner.
AP- What is your favorite part of the woodworking process?
Karol – Difficult question…I think pretty much everything about woodwork – you are always learning and process for building one piece is completely different than the last, you know? Like once you make a chair, everything about that chair is new.
AP- What is your least favorite part of the woodworking process?
Karol - Well, if you are making 12 of those chairs it starts to get redundant - the process - the screwing, the gluing, sanding or whatever, after a couple pieces you’ve had enough of it.
I always love the first couple pieces – it’s after that when it starts to get on my nerves. I enjoy getting to the end and sanding, you know? Sanding is when you know your there.
AP – So, you enjoy the detail work?
Karol – Yes, the details - that’s when you get happy because you know that the piece is almost done.
AP – Ok, what’s your favorite wood species to work with?
Karol – That depends, hmm favorite, in what meaning? Walnut is really easy to work with. Oak is really easy, really forgivable. But, I’d say my favorite wood is oak.
AP – Like white oak? Or red oak?
Karol – Red oak, definitely red oak. If you want I’ll tell you why…
Karol – Every single wood has a specific smell, you know that, yeah? White oak doesn’t smell very nice. Walnut has a sweet smell. Cherry smells very nice too. But I think the best smell, like sauerkraut, is the smell when cutting red oak.