Recently, an eZine reader asked me if I thought that a person could make a living doing woodworking. It is a good question, but hard to answer. Of course, I must admit that I have experienced a really nice professional life due to the fact that I am a woodworker. But I don’t think that is what he was asking. And the answer to the question, “Can a person make a living in the shop making stuff for other people?” is “yes” for some, and “no” for others. Like any other business effort, some folks succeed and others just don’t make it.
Which leads me to my own question: Do you use your craft to make money? Is it something you aspire to, or is woodworking an avocation that you enjoy for its own rewards? Let us know and we will share what we can.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal