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#1 posted 01-31-2013 11:31 PM

Hey Matthew, I think everyone has given you some great advise. I can only add to it from the side of a woodworker that has made my living doing so for the past 27 years. I can see your fathers side and truly believe he only wants the best for you, but I also understand your frustration from not enjoying what you’re doing now. Making $12.00/hr working in a cabinet shop compared to $7.00 working with Dad sounds like a big deal right now as a 16 year old, but from what I’ve seen in the two trades over the years, the typical electrician usually ends up making more then the typical woodworker. After saying that, I made my career choice as a professional woodworker and never regretted doing so. As a young man, learning both trades could serve you well in the future. I’m not sure how you can convince your Dad to let you learn woodworking also, other then let him know you would like to be open minded to both careers and hope he would be too. You have plenty of time to decide which path you would choose and who knows, it could be neither. Like Cosmicsniper said; most people will change their careers a number of times before settling on whats best for them. Just keep learning and you’ll do fine. Good luck.

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