Hi everyone, I’m sure you all have felt the effects of the current economic conditions in your woodworking business. My son and I have been struggling finding work. We are, I would say, better than average cabinet builders and have dabled in many various projects besides. In fact, if there was wood connected in any way to a job we took it. We live in West Michigan. The situation here is worse than most places. Right now it seems no one is looking to redo their kitchens. So, here’s my question. What way is the market moving? What’s hot and what’s not. Where are the markets stronger for custom work. Has any one else had to make adjustments to their product line to survive? What’s a cabinet maker to do? I have invested a lot of time and money into our shop and I would really hate to close the doors. But, there are realities of life one must be prepared to face. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
-- James, Michigan http://www.northcapecabinetsandmillwork.com