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Forum topic by Neptunecnu posted 12-04-2020 06:15 PM 343 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2020 06:15 PM

I am a 30 year journeyman carpenter with 2 years of cabinet shop experience interested in seeking a new root of vocation in wood/construction. I want to start a small business manufacturing custom hand carved wooden entry doors complete with stained glass and hardware. I can’t find anyone who will respond to emails like the Art Factory regarding specifications, milling, as well as to what degree the doors expand and shrink in worse case scenarios with say Mahogany or Teak. I have looked online and have found ads for such things but only to sell them. That’s it. Mortice and Tenon are of course the go to methods of joining but there are so many variables regarding structure when it comes to geometric shapes like a 6’ 8” carved tree in the door or a mule deer. Perhaps someone knows an artisan that is forthcoming of secrets such as structure, literature, others that craft such things. gluing compounds, finishes. As you see It is in the works but I am doing it one way or another. Would sure like a little advise. Richard W.

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#1 posted 12-04-2020 09:57 PM

First, to start a business, you have to understand, research and test the market before you invest yourself. Carved doors I wouldn’t think has a very big market.

Second, the fact no one is responding should make you re-consider.

To your last question, I would think build it like a normal door and apply the carving separately.

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#2 posted 12-04-2020 10:51 PM

Get a free copy of the USDA’s “Wood Handbook, Wood as an Engineering Material”. Google it and download it. It will tell you EVERYTHING you want to know about wood’s physical properties.

Take a course.

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#3 posted 12-04-2020 10:52 PM

I don’t know anyone you could talk to, sorry, what I have done that works well is to find someone who is doing something that I want to learn, and offer them some money for consulting. Asking someone who is successful for free advice usually doesn’t work very well, and IMO it’s rather arse. That kind of knowledge is worth paying for, it saves tons of time and expensive mistakes. I think you can find a market for this, but running even the smallest business is complex and there are a zillion ways to shoot yourself in both feet.

Think about who you already know that you can network with. The trades are interdependent, and your best referrals and paying work come from other tradespeople. Of course you want customer referrals, but chances are you’ll get more work from other tradespeople.

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#4 posted 12-04-2020 11:08 PM

Best of luck going forward.

“I want to start a small business manufacturing custom hand carved wooden entry doors complete with stained glass and hardware. “

Do want, just do it, trust your gut and you’ll find out quickly what works and what doesn’t.

Build a showcase door for your house using quarter sawn teak and use all the hand carved embellishments you like.
People will see your work and word will get out. Pass out brochures and emails to realtors, contractors, and architects.

You should have your website, business cards, email account set up and ready to go.

Start building.

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#5 posted 12-06-2020 02:30 AM

Here’s an opportunity for the wood carving part.

Best of luck!

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