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As I read the different posts on this site it's hard sometimes to distinguish between those that work wood for a living and those that work wood for a hobby. I'm sure there's some that do both. Where do you place yourself? I'm betting there's more that place themselves in the hobby category.
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Probably a good bet- For those who work wood as a living, after a long day of production in the shop, spending time blogging is probably not at the top of their priorities. [I'm a hobbyist].
Weekend warrior here. The only time it became a job was when I took on major projects in the house. The kitchen remodel was stressful. Living without a kitchen is a PITA.
I'm definitely a hobbyist… and a retired one at that.

The time I spend BS'ing about my projects would cost twice as much as anyone would be prepared to pay for it.
Woodworking has always been a hobby with me. I suspect few professionals spend much time on Lumberjocks, obsessing over what brand of machines to buy, or how to do trivial woodworking tasks.
Woodworking has always been a hobby with me. I suspect few professionals spend much time on Lumberjocks, obsessing over what brand of machines to buy, or how to do trivial woodworking tasks.

- Phil32
A lot use this (LJ members) to spruik their business…. they have a captivated audience.

It's just a shame they don't flood the Blogs/Reviews with their treasure tips.
Hobbiest and happy to be one. The best way to ruin a fun hobby is to turn it into a business. BTDT
Tough call, been retired for many years and the only cash received is from the odd sale of a wood project, occasional pen( Wife has given away more than have ever been sold:)) or other small items? Can I add up the total value of items built for my Favorite daughter and Grangirls?

For my hobby Boxguy stuff, I do on occasion direct clients to my page here as it is the only place I have catalogued all my box-work, and decent photos too.
I think all of my posts will elude to an old fart fooling about in his home trying to avoid brain decay and spinal problems lying on a couch doing nothing, and of course not failing to recognise the global friendships developed as a result.
Became carpenters apprentice at 11. Was journeyman at 18. Did just minor things for myself until house flooded and restarted shop to fix. Was selling online and making a few hundred a month in addition to my (non trade) day job. Lost it all in divorce and only now, at retirement, being able to make what I want, when I want. So, am I hobbyist or old pro?
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Hobby, but I do sell some things from time to time. Has to be the "right" customer.
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been a contractor me whole life, just getting to retire in next month of so, and at 74 going to enjoy it, wood working at one time was a biz (cabt and door shop0 didn't work out, stayed in contracting tried to dabble in wood working, but life got in the way, last 8 years got serious about the hobby, built a shop and now sell occassionally at craft shows, donate the proceeds less cost of wood only to DAV groups locally.
I enjoy the banter here and on other sites and still learn something almost each visit.
life is good, when one can smile and work at same time
Rj in az
Does working in the trade for peanuts count? As a kid, I helped my godfather in his construction/carpentry business summers and weekends, and we'd often stop at the bar on the way home - him for a beer, me for 5 nickle bags of peanuts and a frosty mug of birch beer. We might even run a game of shuffle board bowling. I did pay attention and learned a lot from him, but cars, girls, and technology had a strong lure as I got older. I gave up cars, but returned to woodworking a few years ago as a hobby, mostly for projects in the home that I renovated. New home, fewer projects, but finally a 400-sf shop with good tools to enjoy. Definitely hobbyist and here looking to learn more to enhance my skills.

@Madmark2 - maybe a "probbyist"? :)
Hobbyist only. I firmly believe the customer is always right, and I just as firmly won't put up with their BS….so I avoid it altogether.
Hobbyist for sure here. I have spent my adulthood making things for customers either as a machinist or as an engineer and my home shop is my sanctuary. I do my best to avoid doing any projects I don't WANT to do and I avoid any kind of design demands or having to adhere to a budget. And I ESPECIALLY AVOID DEADLINES in my shop. If I'm building a table and decide half way through that I want to take a 3-week detour to build a new tool for the shop to make building tables faster and/or easier, that's what I do.

Of course, with friends and family, it's hard to strictly adhere to the above avoidances. But even when I agree to do projects for other people, I'm very up front about how much materials are likely to cost, that I'm going to jack that price up 10-25% to cover saw blades/sandpaper/glue/miscellaneous consumables/general tool wear and tear. And that above and beyond that I'm charging $X.XX/hour for my time (depends on whether it's my mom - $0.00, or a friend of a friend of a friend - $40.00. Fortunately people often then realize that the Amish furniture store's price wasn't so outrageous and say "nevermind."

I do have the capability to machine parts in my home shop too so I often agree to make parts that folks can't find for vintage tools. I enjoy getting those tools in working order and I enjoy "leisurely machining." I usually tell those "customer" that I can't promise a quick turnaround and if they have a set deadline that I can help them find someone else to make them. I'm currently about to wrap up an order for a bunch of parts from old Stanley planes for a fellow LJ. I accepted the job before Thanksgiving :) So even when I'm making stuff for "customers" I do my best to keep deadlines away from the shop. And whenever possible I try to get paid in trade rather than cash. That way the wife doesn't try to take it away ;-)
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total hobbiest,i will do some work for people but very limited.mostly i give things away or only charge enough to cover costs.
Once you sell something it becomes a job and it's not longer fun, stress becomes a factor. A hobby should be a stress reliever not a stress causer. It should bring happiness not headaches. If there were a site like this for the industry that I'm in, there is no way in hell that I would be part of it. Work isn't something I want to think about in my off time, and I love my job.
Hobbyist mostly. I do make some turning tools and turning blanks and sell them but I enjoy that so I don't consider that a job, it just helps feed the shop budget.
You have to know how to translate LumberJock-ese:

"I was commissioned to build…" => My wife told me to build…

Frankly, I care less about who's a "pro," than whether they know what the hell they're talking about.
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