No More projects

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by kolwdwrkr posted 1331 days ago 1829 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View kolwdwrkr's profile


2821 posts in 2185 days

1331 days ago

Well, I’ve finally made a decision that’s relatively life changing for me. I’ve been woodworking for 17 years or more and have to say that it’s been quite the adventure. I’m not saying I’m done, as my day job is cabinetmaking, but it’s not the same. I’m pretty much “done” being a woodworker, at least for a while. I’ve come to realize that it’s a great hobby, but is leading no where career wise. So I have pushed woodworking aside “literally” and am going to focus on Jiu Jitsu. It’s my goal to become an instructor, and teach the art. MMA is always going to have interest, the same as any physical fitness. So I think it’s more job secure then the declining wood industry. (I’m not selling my tools though). I still have a few years before I’m ready to instruct, but I have some upcoming tournaments to train for.
I’m going to finish my lamp blog and it’s base, and that will be it I guess. Take care everyone.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

41 replies so far

View Gary's profile (online now)


6956 posts in 2028 days

#1 posted 1331 days ago

I hate to hear (read) this Keith. Are you going to stay in touch? Check in once in a while?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

View ND2ELK's profile


13495 posts in 2369 days

#2 posted 1331 days ago

Hi Keith

I wish you all the luck and happyness in your new endeavor. You are one of the best woodworking craftsman I have seen. I truely understand where you are coming from, as far as trying to make a career/living out of cabinet building these days. I have been honored to have been one of your buddies.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10850 posts in 1710 days

#3 posted 1331 days ago

ooh there you got me thought it was for good
good luck in the tournaments :-)
and I realy hope you get your goal to be an instructor
ceep in tuch from time to time

take care

View BarbS's profile


2433 posts in 2680 days

#4 posted 1331 days ago

I, for one, will miss your contributions here. I’ve enjoyed viewing your work. Maybe the bug to be ‘creative’ will hit you and you’ll be working wood again just for fun. Good luck in your new endeavors.


View Dennis Fletcher's profile

Dennis Fletcher

455 posts in 1650 days

#5 posted 1331 days ago

Well, good luck as an instructor. I really hope that you can find a balance between that and some “hobby” woodworking.
As far as making money in this industry, your pretty dead on with the thought process you are taking, but I think it is a very therapeutic hobby, just expensive.

--, Making design and application one. †

View richgreer's profile


4522 posts in 1669 days

#6 posted 1331 days ago

I will only say that I wish you the best regardless of what the future holds for you. I hope you will stay in touch.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


14575 posts in 2271 days

#7 posted 1331 days ago

Since it isn’t close to April 1st, I guess you are not kidding. Good luck, wish you well. I have been there in some of my activities when i come to a point where I have had enough of that for a while. Some timees it is a recess and sometiimes it is nealry permanent. With hnousing the way it is, you are probably making a smart move.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Steven H's profile

Steven H

1110 posts in 1655 days

#8 posted 1331 days ago

Many industries are slow now, so it is good time to learn something different. Good luck to you.


View Bob42's profile


451 posts in 2385 days

#9 posted 1331 days ago

Sometimes you need to take some time off, My hope is that you return soon. Good luck on your new adventure.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2417 days

#10 posted 1331 days ago

Keith, I wish you nothing but the best and hope you can realize your dream of becoming an instructor, if that is the goal you wish to pursue. During my working career I found that changes, despite raising my anxiety levels at the time, ultimately proved beneficial over the long haul.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View grizzman's profile


6764 posts in 1898 days

#11 posted 1331 days ago

hey keith, i know you need to follow your heart and do what is best for you, as others have said its been an honor to be your buddy and every time i use my clamps, i will remember you and that great contest… most certainly have the artistic talent and are one of the bet wood workers i have seen…maybe the time will come down the road, you will have the desire to make some dust again…i pray gods blessings onto you and your family…enjoy raising your children…kids need there dads more today then ever before…hope to hear from you sometime….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View PurpLev's profile


8476 posts in 2243 days

#12 posted 1331 days ago

Good Luck in whatever endeavors you engage Keith!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View kcrandy's profile


285 posts in 2027 days

#13 posted 1331 days ago

Both woodworking and martial arts have a soul. It’s the soul we seek, no matter the path.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

View juniorjock's profile


1930 posts in 2360 days

#14 posted 1331 days ago

Good luck.
- JJ

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

12834 posts in 2578 days

#15 posted 1331 days ago

good ruk grass hopper

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

showing 1 through 15 of 41 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase