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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 12-08-2010 06:45 PM 691 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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12-08-2010 06:45 PM

For 29 years I’ve earned my living as a woodworker. For the most part, it has been joyous. I am proud of my work, thankful that I’ve survived, and eager to keep at it. Every day I look at my shop and feel humbled that I get to do what I love and what, I’m pretty sure, I was hardwired to do from the get go.

The title of the “sweating for bucks…” forum strikes me as negative. Perhaps it is an attempt to be ironic, but I just notice a little twinge whenever I read it, and I’m not much drawn to read in it because of that feeling.

Just my $.02!


The word “pro” is offputting, I think, and a lot of the spirit of this entire site comes from the non pros. I would not want to suggest an elitism.

Maybe Fulltime Woodworkers gets a little closer.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 07:19 PM

Well, maybe it’s because you’ve been doing it for so long?? I too am like you and do this for a living. I feel honored and humbled that I can do what I love and make money at it. However, I just started doing it full time, self employed a little over 3 years ago (Maybe 4 now) and only recently have I been able to make a living out of it. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do to earn an income and yes, I would say that I’ve sweated more than anything else. So it’s doesn’t bother me like it does you. Like I said, maybe because you’ve done it for so long. Started when it was a lot easier to make a living doing this type of work and depending on where you live, that could be a huge factor as well.

Edit: Nice website by the way. Very professional.

-- Childress Woodworks

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