How Supportive Are Family and Friends Of Your Woodworking?

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Forum topic by Cricket posted 07-22-2014 06:20 PM 1928 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-22-2014 06:20 PM

I am curious if your friends, family, and significant others are supportive of your woodworking?

Is this a challenge for you?

-- Community Manager

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#1 posted 07-22-2014 06:23 PM

My wife is supportive of me making her furniture, not so much for buying expensive tools.

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#2 posted 07-22-2014 06:26 PM

VERY !! As long as what I’m doing is for them

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

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#3 posted 07-22-2014 06:35 PM

All my friends and family are very supportive. The only part of it I’m puzzled by is that they don’t hire me to carve commission pieces. Maybe they like my work but don’t like it enough to want to pay for it :-).

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#4 posted 07-22-2014 06:48 PM

I’d say yes my wife supports my woodworking. Now that I am getting better she is even asking for some pieces. I consider the fact that she’d allow something I made in the house as a ringing endorsement.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 07-22-2014 06:49 PM

I have a feeling most folks would prefer their spouse to be hanging out in their shop than away from home on the local golf course every day, or in the local bar. I may be wrong though. LOLOL

I would be like…

”Can you make me this?”
“Can you make me that?”
“Could you build a tiny house???”


-- Community Manager

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#6 posted 07-22-2014 06:51 PM

My wife always seems amazed at the stuff I turn out. Whenever we have company, she shows it off. The rest of the family collects logs and pallets in exchange for things I make them. Some of them buy cutting boards to give at Christmas. One of the joys in my life is my family and how they react to my hobby. I am a blessed man.

Sometimes my grandkids come and clean grandpa’s shop, pick up all the scraps I trip over and vacuum up the dust. My daughter as well as my wife have from time to time gone out there and cleaned up for me. Now I pay my yard man to spend a couple hours after mowing to clean my shop. That is a really big help. It’s only once a week but only cost me $25 and he is happy to have it.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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Joseph Jossem

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 06:52 PM

Woodworking is my only source of income most times they are supportive.When times are slow my wife would rather have me working a steady job with a pay check at the end of the week.

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#8 posted 07-22-2014 07:25 PM

I have to lie to my family and tell them that I am going out to gamble, drink and chase women. Then I sneak back home and into my shop. So far, the cover is working!

Really my wife is the greatest supporter of my hobby. I am a very lucky guy.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#9 posted 07-22-2014 07:34 PM

I’ll quote what ChuckV just said: “Really my wife is the greatest supporter of my hobby. I am a very lucky guy.”, with this added note. She’s a gal who likes the tool dept as much as me. Don’t throw tomatoes at me, just be happy for me… LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 07-22-2014 08:01 PM

She’s very …. (what was the question again?)
Been Married for 35 years…
Been Retired for 5+ years…
Been trying to stay out of her way for 5+ years…
When she has her Girl Friends over she’s reeealy happy I have a Shop. (“Go to your room, Please!”)
When I make gifts for family/friends she usually gets the prototype,,,I mean the first one.
She has a tendency to abuse the ‘free labor’ policy often extended to family.

back to your question… Yes she is supportive, at least that’s my interpretation.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len. ;-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#11 posted 07-22-2014 10:42 PM

my wife is very supportive”even lets me buy whatever tools i want,without complaining”.
the only problem is she has a list for me a mile long and everything she see’s on pintrest she thinks i can make.
she has more confidence in my ability than i ever will.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 07-22-2014 10:42 PM

my family is very supportive, i can go out to my shop any time , my sweetheart loves what i do and so do my friends, they ask for me to make them things from time to time…so i have a very supportive network.

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

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#13 posted 07-22-2014 10:45 PM

Ditto. Very supportive and most everything I do is for them. Birthdays, Christmas, or just because.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 07-22-2014 10:56 PM

50/50. Some think I am nuts for doing what I do, some think it’s wonderful. Either way, I don’t let it get to me. I fully intend to make it regardless.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 07-22-2014 11:26 PM

My friends and family fully support my woodworking, especially since most of what I make I give to them. Okay, so they may be a little biased. :p

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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