This is the first report of my quest to start a woodworking business.
I've been at this a few years but this year I am taking it seriously.
I have a multi-year plan to transition from my current career into a
manufacturing business of wood products.
Plan For This Year:
I have started to execute phase 1, the Artisan Circuit. I have put in
applications for 8 juried craft/art/wine/food festivals. I've only
heard back from one so far(the biggest) and I have been accepted. It
has over 100,000 attendees. I also plan on attending flea markets,
doing road-side stands and "may" try to get some products into the
I attended one juried show that was being held just across the street
from my home. It was a Country Folk Art related show. It was not the
best audience for my work and very poorly attended, maybe 2,000 over 2
days. It cost me $400 to exhibit in a 10 x 10. I sold $187 worth of
items. I had about $3,500 of inventory on hand. (Case work, Mission
furniture, wineracks, shelves, plant stands, cutting boards, mirrors,
birdhouses, etc.) See pics
I don't consider it a failure. It was a great learning experience, I
tried out my booth structure and validated my work. Many many positive
comments. I also have a possible sale of a butcher block top kitchen
island for $475 if I am willing to make one in Oak (I had a Pine one at
the show). Then the show would be about break even.
I am preparing for a day at the near by Flea Market; a huge, permanent
venue that only costs $40 for a 20x20 spot. I'll add in some larger
and different items to my inventory such as Adirondack chairs, garden
I'll give more details over time. One last point is my production
facility. I have struck a deal with a local cabinet shop. I have full
access to the shop evenings and weekends. I pay $250 a month rent and
$50 a month for supplies (sandpaper, screws, glue, etc.) If I have a
big production run of items I'll supply my own screws, etc and I also
always bring in all my own lumber, hardware (hinges, knobs, etc.).