Last year (July 2009) I was diagnosed with stage 4 (terminal) colon cancer. I had metastasis to my liver and lymph nodes. The doctors told me to get my final affairs in order, and that I might not live through the end of the year. Well, clearly I have managed to stay here a bit longer then expected. Thanks to the good Lord for providing me with the people I needed to beat the cancer back, and the attitude that was required to help it all come together. I was told by my oncologist that there were 2 things I needed to survive this, God and a great attitude… Thankfully I have both in my life.
Surviving this really made me open my eyes to a few things. The one that really pertains to us here at LJ’s is that I need to do what I really enjoy before I am unable to enjoy it anymore. So I had a dedicated shop built in my back yard, and wired it all by myself. I decided I am going to spend more time woodworking. But I do have a small issue with accomplishing this…
My wife was laid off last year. Oh yeah, we really had a great year last year, I ruptured 3 discs in my neck, she got laid off, and I got cancer… Anyways, while we do have a little money set aside, we had my cancer, and inability to work for 8 months, which took a chunk, her being laid off, which led to a huge reduction in income, and we pay for her to go back to school to get her degree in medical administration with a focus on medical billing and coding. So needless to say, we don’t have a lot of money sitting around for me to play with right now.
So I have decided I think I want to start making money doing what I enjoy, so I can play a bit more. I make enough for us to pay the mortgage and the bills, and to eat, and put some away… you know, everyday living expenses. But I don’t want to take from that for fun. I have looked into doing woodcrafts for income that I can stick back into my shop. Money to add new tools, a really nice wood stock, and upgrades to the shop that I want in there. I was thinking of building simple silly things like snowmen, reindeer, and Santa cutouts for the lawn which I know sell well, butcher blocks and cutting boards, little keepsake boxes, humidors, and maybe getting a scrollsaw and doing little ornaments for the tree, and similar little things.
Those of you who do this, could you offer some tips and advice? I have looked at local flea markets (even our Super Flea) and don’t see as much as I expected to see there, but maybe these things are really needed there and there just aren’t locals who do this, do they work for you? I have seen stuff on e-bay, but aside from maybe the blocks and boards, I don’t know that it is worth it, for cheaper stuff I mean, with all the fees and such.
Thanks for looking and i appreciate any information and/or advice you are willing to provide a fella just wanting to play a bit more with his wood… hehehe…
-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.