Somehow it all came together #30: Woodworking and Our Global Economy

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Blog entry by Mike Merzke posted 11-21-2014 01:40 AM 1808 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What do you guys have to think about this volatile subject?

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#1 posted 11-22-2014 03:07 PM


You talk of the subject from the standpoint of somebody doing this commercially. I am a hobbyist. But i still try to justify every purchase I make for my shop by what I will get out the other end. On the one hand, When I turn out furniture, i am paying myself sweat shop wages. But then again, woodworking is leisure to me. If i could watch TV or surf the internet and have fabulous products be generated by those activities, it would be cool. My house is filled with wood things that are useful, attractive, long-lasting, conversation pieces, and gain me a certain respect from people who visit my home. Compare that with people who insist on showing you everything they just bought.

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 04:04 PM

Woodworking is not my day job either and yes I don’t think my hourly wages would be much to brag about. I also agree that financial gain is not the only plus to making things. I am trying to replace everything in my house with something I’ve made. The pride of that is worth more than the money. But on the same note there are those that want to pay for an item that they know was hand made.

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