Guess this how everything got started if you look back far enough. I was layed off from my log home construction job in PA in 2007. Was off long enough to collect one of those unemployment checks before I found another job working at an antiques wood shop. Well, my second daughter was born two months into that job and after daycare and gas, I was keeping 5 to 10 dollars a week. So I quit to watch after the kids and to try to find a more lucrative job. Try walking onto a jobsite, and telling a futue employer that you need to start at 15.00/hr or you cant work. It this market its not happening. So I stayed home. Mr. Mom if you will. Fast forward 2 years. I go into a architectual salvage yard to try and find a mortise chisel (to work on a bassenet for the soon to come addition to our family). The old guy says no but are you a wood worker? To wich I reply “well I try.” He showed me some Pine tables and asked if I could make them. I said yes and he gave me some wood to work up a sample and a number. I did and now I have a growing shop in my garage. Almost all the money went into tools the first couple contracts but now Im humming along. Still need more room, more tools but Im making money. Enough that I have a hired sitter fulll time to watch the kids and because Im only in the garage working, Im still able to pop my head in and see them. Youd be surprised how attached you get to watching your kids all the time. But Im at a point where Im self employed with a good customer base and nothing holding my back from growing in this market. I love my work and my wife loves the money coming in to take the pressure off her check. She gets a little jealous of my toys sometimes when I get another (most recently a Grizzly 8” jointer 900 bucks). But she is still very supportive. So this is my recent background. Ill try to clear my head on here as much as I can. So the journey continues.
-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.