Fr ThomasFather Thomas Bailey is a modern renaissance man. A priest and Benedictine monk in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Father Thomas also teaches college, holds a doctorate in history, performs services at his parish — and he’s a woodworker. His YouTube channel and website, Monkwerks, contain some of his past projects. But while he builds a few items for his monastery and parish, Father Thomas mostly makes things for pleasure. He sees Making as his reward for all of the other work he does. Join us as we talk to Father Thomas about:

  • Learning to fix things alongside his father
  • Choosing to become a monk
  • His experiences in teaching
  • How even a monk can get caught up in the rat race

Cleaning Up with Chisels

“I’ve been a monk now for 18 years and a priest for 12 1/2 years at this point, and they see that I’m very happy. And I think like a lot of parents, it doesn’t matter so much what their child is doing as long as they’re happy and they’re being fulfilled in what it is that they’re doing.”

Refinishing Furniture

“When you’re teaching, it’s a creative act in itself, but it’s not quite the same as when you get your hands on something

The Good Old Mark V

“Sometimes you get to a point where, alright, something’s missing, I’m not liking what’s happening, I need to make a change, and I need to focus on those things that are going to make me happy. And teaching is one of those things, my parish is one of those things, and making is one of those things.”

Monk Knife

“I could go to Wal-Mart and get a $20 table, but is that the way that I want to do it? Or do I want to make something myself? Do I want to design it myself. Do I want to give it my character, my thoughts and my ideals and my – philosophy, even, can go into furniture.”

Abstract Book Stand

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