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Blog entry by Kevin Wilson posted 10-12-2009 01:20 AM 1265 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s a glorious and terrible thing I’ve went and started. It seems I’ve gotten a bit stuck. No…it’s worse than that…

I got sick this weekend…spent 3 days in bed. I hate not accomplishing anything, but I’m not entirely sure why. My family went away today for a prescheduled “annual family leaf trip” and I missed it. Now the weekend is gone, and tomorrow I get to rise and shine to head off to another day at work…after another…after another…

It feels wrong to be dissatisfied at a job when so many are losing theirs. I mean, I’m 38 years old. I was under the impression that all the flighty teenager thoughts of doing something huge with your life would be gone by now. Sometimes I wish they were…

My job provides wonderful things for my 3 sons and my beautiful wife. All of which I feel are tired with all my complaining about work. I don’t play enough with my boys because I’m grouchy all the time. My wife and I have a good relationship and she knows I’m not happy at work. But that just makes her feel a bit guilty about being one of the reasons I stay there.

Woodworking does something to me. I don’t really believe in having a calling…but I can’t argue the results. It’s calming and rewarding. I’d bet my blood pressure in my shop is better than it is on any stupid pill the doctor keeps trying to throw down my throat. But I’ve never ran a business, and now’s not really the time to try and start one, is it? Besides, I’ve hated every job I’ve ever had…why would I want to take the thing I love and make it into a job?!

I read so many wonderful stories about people how made it…were successful in something so amazing as doing what they want with their lives. But I don’t even know what that is. Maybe it’s not woodworking…maybe it doesn’t matter what it is…maybe being happy needs to be seperate from being successful at what you do…

Maybe I think to much, and make my own problems…mountains from mole hills, eh?

But I’ve been under this mole hill for a long time now, and it’s not getting better on it’s own. The peace I search for I can find in my own woodshop. I’m sure many of you know exactly what I mean. But will it still be there if I go looking for it?...if I start relying on it? And what if it doesn’t work? Who am I to jeopardize the well being of my whole family? All the success stories leave out the day-to-day drudgings of the actual work part. And how well their children ate.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this, was it? Maybe one of you guys have your life manual…I seem to have misplaced mine.

-- Can't never did nothin' - Grampa Knapp

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 01:52 AM

Welcome to my world. Obligations seem heavier than normal sometimes, but I’m guessing that, like me, you willingly chose those obligations. One thing I’ve learned is that there is life in the margins; those times when duty is satisfied for the moment and you can move toward your dream whatever it may be. Making the most of margins has helped maintain my sanity.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 02:01 AM

WOW, I thought I was the only one to feel that way. Glad to know others feeling the same way. Just got to maintain some sanity until this dang economy gets better and keep looking for something better.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 10-12-2009 02:25 AM

If you want to start looking at doing woodworking as a business then start by doing it part-time. You will find out what works and what doesn’t for your shop set-up and current tool selection.

You will have to get the word out and that means start marketing.

You will have to identify your target market, determine your product, or your intended services.

Here is a link to Scott Morrison, a friend of mine who is very business savvy and is making a living from selling the Maloof style rockers. He is soon to release a video about the business of woodworking.

Keep an eye on his site. I will see if I can find out what his projected release date is. Scott and I really don’t talk about woodworking, we talk about business. He has given me hard advise at times that nobody else would.

Working from the home shop can be done but it has to be done right. My shop is not real big but it is laid out nice and I have a lot of tools. You will find that buying nice tools is not an option but a necessity to survive. Your relationship with woodworking and shop will change. Your business will not be woodworking but all the other parts of business that nobody likes to do like the administrative stuff.

Do I like it? Yes. I love. I hate working for other people but sometimes life is a struggle. But that is part of the challenge. This life is not for everybody but you can get a taste of it by working part-time while you rely on your other job for a steady check.

Get a subscription to the WoodShop News. It is a publication geared towards the business end of woodworking.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 10-12-2009 05:00 AM

kevin, I am an old 58 and have never stopped dreaming and hating the time clock. We carry our passions and our disires to go beyond what today is and work and dream of things that we are not doing now. There is a balance for those of us who have choosen to have a family and be “normal” and the balance is sometimes hard to keep steady. Know who you are and what is important to you and balance your life until your oppertunity to spread your wings and soar. Sometimes to soar is just cutting a perfect dovetail…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 10-12-2009 05:18 AM

I am a teacher…39…I like my job…I hate my job…I like my job…I hate my job…

Every summer…when it turns from July to August I go through serious depression about what else I could do with my life…so that I could be happier from day to day…

I just saw this great clip by a commedian on Facebook who commented on how we have everything but we are all sooooo unhappy all the time…and I think its true…we are slaves to our bills…I often think how great it would be to give it all up and load up the mini-van and travel the country…and find someplace else where it is all simpler…

I am still dreaiming about it…i know this doesnt help you…but I just want you to know…you are not alone…

I guess the fact that we are struggling with this means we care—-if we didnt it would be like the matrix—-just plugged into someone else’s reality…keep dreaming…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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