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Starting My Business #8: Well, I have done it Now!

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Blog entry by ChrisCrafts posted 04-22-2012 05:25 AM 1141 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I have ventured into this life after 20 years in the Corporate World I have found myself drawn in a certain direction. The more I work with wood the more my creative juices flow. I initially started with the idea of making small handcrafted items that would be popular at a Christmas Bazaar or a Charity Auction. Much of this hasn’t kept my interest. Turning has been fun and that is something I will continue to do. But, still, I have all these ideas in my head for furniture I would love to build, chairs, tables and such. I can design them in Sketch up with ease, but when it comes down to building my design, I simple don’t have the skills & knowledge.

Having no formal woodworking training I often find that I am completely out of my depth. While many guys were taking Shop Classes in Jr High & High School, I was taking computer and business courses. I am glad I did as that knowledge has served me very well over the years. So I have set out to learn woodworking from a knowledge point of zero. I have learned a ton over the past few years from sites like this and several books. But in the end there is nothing like formal education.

I first looked at taking a few week long courses at my local Woodcraft Store. Great stuff available, for $1200 a week! I signed up for a few and was planning to take them this summer. But then I remembered Seattle Central Community College a Wooden Boat Building program & some other classes. I looked it up and found they had a complete degree in Cabinet Making and Fine Woodworking!

This past Wednesday I went in for a tour. I was in for a real treat. Not only do they have an amazing program, they are moving into a brand new custom built building this summer! The program itself is 5 quarters or core classes. Longer if I want to get an AA, which I probably will. Class is Mon-Thurs 8-4 so there is a ton of instruction time. But it is also somewhat self paced which is an absolute necessity because of my bad hips, leg, and back.

So I got all signed up to start next fall. Being on disability I have the time to attend classes. Because of the curriculum, I can go to school without breaking my physical restrictions. I am extremely excited to say the least! There are 4-5 main projects that everyone must complete. From what they said most folks finish a quarter or two early and have the remaining time to work on independent projects & learn skills they desire. I got to see quite a few of the projects past students have done. They were all really well done.

So there we go. I finally decided what to do when I grow up! I am going to make find customer furniture, some day…...

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 08:10 AM

Chris,
what a fantastic opportunity.

With your attitude your going to do well

Good luck and ENJOY

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 11:41 AM

Well, congratulations, Chris, it sounds exciting and I certainly hope that it all works out well for you. Keep us posted.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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lew

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 05:44 PM

Congrats, Chris!

The only thing I’ve figured out for what I want to be when I grow up is- taller!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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