I don’t know exactly where to begin so what the heck. I am really glad to have found this place. The sheer volume of projects and ideas and talent in this community is nearly overwhelming! It nice to browse through and admire all the talented work out there. And maybe snag ideas for future projects. I fell into woodworking 20 years ago out of high school by working in a place that makes wooden shutters for homes. Jobdidn’t last forever but skills learned lit a desire to continue making things.
I got into aviation in the 90’s when it was going gangbusters. Interiors for corporate jets. Composite panels for carcasses and wood & wood veneers with ridiculously high price tags. Like building Lamborghinis. Fun to work on but can’t even afford an ashtray for myself. I did get lots of free exotic wood scraps though. Did that for a little over ten years but burned out on the stress and ran into health isssues (high blood pressure at 32). In that world you’re either working 60-80 hours a week or worrying about the next layoff. The paperwork is a nightmare also. When you have to know when the screws you are using were made that’s a little too restrictive! Add on top of that driving 150-180 miles round trip every day it makes life hard for family or anything else.
Left that world and returned to residential cabinetry. Wife went to work at a job that requires some traveling so I found a shop in town and hired on techically part-time. One of us takes our daughters to school and picks them up every day. Very important to us. The flexibility also let me relax enough to find the fun in woodworking again. Started building my collection of tools back up, getting things as I thought I needed (or wanted) them and making gifts along with a few paying jobs a year. Within another year or so I plan to build for myself full-time; furniture and custom trim along with whatever I can find that’ll sell at trades day shows like Canton,TX (Look it up, largest flea market in country). I love what I do and feel extremely blessed by God for the ability and the support of my lovely wife. Everyone who has a love of a skill is still learning, no matter how long you’ve been at it. More later, gotta get the kids to school.
-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts