Throwing in the towel #2: Clearing my shop (and my head)

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Blog entry by Myron Wooley posted 07-25-2009 07:57 AM 1697 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Bagging it... Part 2 of Throwing in the towel series Part 3: Update »

We have been busy this week tying up loose ends. We still had a little backlog in the shop- a dining room table to refinish, 2 antique rockers, a couple of nightstands, and a few other pieces. We have not taken on any more work- no appointments, nothing, just work on these jobs and discuss the future.

One thing that is dawning on me is that I will get my hobby back! The whole reason I went pro is because I love woodworking. Man, that is a quick way to kill your hobby. Instead of working on a project on my timeline, being pro puts you on your customer’s timeline, and that one is always shorter.

The job search is going very well. I have a couple of interviews coming up with some very nice companies in the area. All the old Quality Engineering stuff is still in my head, as is the old Process Engineering stuff. I can easily wear both hats. Tommy (my son and partner) has put in for a nice job at a local church camp. If you’re the praying type, a couple on our behalf would be appreciated.

We have had a lot of good conversations about the business- what went wrong, what we should have done differently, will we ever try again. A lot of what went wrong was just the economic downturn. Folks started hanging on to their money. We kept spending more and more on advertising and marketing- at one point we were spending nearly $2,000 a month. In good times, that should have brought in $20,000/month worth of business. Instead, we were doing a fraction of that.

What would I do differently? Start on the side, working nights and weekends. No franchise. Build a good website and use Adwords to pull traffic to it. Work the commercial market- residential sucks, plain and simple. Network locally and on-line. I got a lot of traffic from social networking sites.

Will I ever try again? Maybe…

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 07-25-2009 09:28 AM

Good Luck, Myron. “If you’re the praying type, a couple on our behalf would be appreciated.” – Done.
It sounds to me that you have your head on straight, and a plan to move forward. That’s all you need for now.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 07-25-2009 12:48 PM

It does sound as if you have a clear plan on where you are going, Myron. I hope that you and your son will find something soon. It appears as if this has been an invaluable learning experience and I wish you nothing but the best.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 07-25-2009 01:11 PM

This may sound strange Myron . . . but with a winning attitude like that you and your son will bounce back in no time.

-- BLOG -

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#4 posted 07-25-2009 01:34 PM

prayers be with you !
the hardest part being pro ,
was keeping my love of woodworking ,
alive .
inspite of the nesesities of the meatmarket work !
and not inly their timeline ,
their wimsical knowledge too !
best of luck to you both .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Rob Drown

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#5 posted 07-25-2009 03:33 PM

Our Prayers are with you. Change is tough but the Guy upstairs is faithful.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 07-25-2009 05:41 PM

God is faithful—-hang in there.


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#7 posted 07-25-2009 07:00 PM

I have a lot of payback praying to do. Let it begin with you Myron. You know what they say about one door closing and another one opening. I’ve lost a lot of jobs through layoffs and shutdowns, never fired, believe it or not, but something always opened up for me. He will look after you, if you stay out of the way. God Bless, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 07-25-2009 07:06 PM

Good luck to you and your son. My thoughts and prayers go out to you guys and the family.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 07-25-2009 09:23 PM

Good luck, Myron. I know a little of how you feel.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 07-25-2009 10:26 PM

HiNdsight is always 20/20. Has FM started in on you yet? I be praying for you!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#11 posted 07-26-2009 04:42 AM

sorry to hear of your situation. You are right about doing it professionally killing it as a hobby. There’s nothing worse then loving to do something, but hating it because of others restrictions, deadlines, etc.
I wish you luck on your future endeavors.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Myron Wooley

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#12 posted 07-26-2009 04:45 AM

Milo, apparently the HO has cut me off from bulletin board access. Guess they don’t want the last royalty payment! (yeah, right!)

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#13 posted 07-26-2009 05:26 AM

Myron: Our prayers are with you and your family. Good luck in the job search and in the relaxation in your new hobby.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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