At different times since I started woodworking, I’ve had access to workshop space. Sometimes a garage, sometimes an outbuilding. Right now, I’m working on it…
My first real exposure to woodworking was in a two man furniture shop. It was the greatest work experience of my life. I had (helped) build birdhouses with my grandfather when I was very young, and I took a shop class in seventh grade. But I was almost thirty before I really dug in.
I soaked up every bit of knowledge I could get my hands on. I started making things on my own.
I made this corner cabinet to match the existing cabinets in the kitchen. A simple rustic design: Plywood carcase with a faceframe, and overlay doors. This was almost 20 years ago.
Traditionally, as a condition of graduating to journeyman, an apprentice would design and build a piece to be scrutinized by his master. I didn’t have a master, but the homeowner was happy with the end result. And so was I.
I’ve always wanted to be in a strong position to produce full time. Conditions must be right, though. I need facilities, access to lumber, and most importantly – time. It’s a leap of faith to go from remodeling to woodworking, but that is my plan.