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#1 posted 12-03-2013 02:35 PM

Excellent Comments – All.

One philosophy I have, and it’s mentioned in JAAune’s note, is to become an expert at what other professionals choose not to do. I say professionals, because that’s who you’re competing with. Also, (a very politically inappropriate statement follows) most consumers of woodworking don’t care about furniture enough to pay what is necessary for a craftsman to survive: the cost of equipment, tools, consumables (sandpaper, saw blades)..., let alone feeding yourself and family, insurance, saving for retirement…
For example, Hal Taylor sells his rocking chairs at $6,500 each; Scott Morrison’s are in that range; Marc Spagnuolo (TheWoodWhisperer) has thrived long enough to get corporate sponsorship, and has invested his life in getting recognized as the next generation of woodworking.
I know this must be the sound of a cold shower, being negative; and we’re not the ones to tell anyone what their dreams should or can be.
Again, become an expert at something few others want to do; then do it.

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