I used to own an automation/controls company and had always taken whatever
evening woodworking courses I could find locally, as a hobby, and to get my
mind out of work for a few hours a week.
Ended up being diagnosed with MS, 3 months after my son was born. Sold the
business, sold the house in the city, bought some waterfront property, built
a house and shop.
I took almost a years worth of intense courses, at a woodworking school for
highend furniture. All hand tool work except for stock prep. I'm booked
solid and the rest, as they say, is history.
Starting up can be rough. To outfit a complete shop, with most of the
machinery and hand tools you'll need, will scare you. Building a customer
base, takes a while.
Advice? Take some courses, don't reinvent the wheel. Woodworking is fun,
soothing, almost therapeutic, but if its your business, then be familiar
with basic business, accounting and admin, or you will not make it.
You have an option when running a shop/studio, you can turn out 1 project
per week or 1 per month, whatever your hourly rate is, you will make the
same money. Do the highend piece per month, and leave the rest for someone
Don't plan on getting filthy rich ($). The process, the people you meet
along the way, and the awstruck expressions of a satisfied patron...is the
Cheers and good luck!!