Before I even got into woodworking, I was still trucking OTR. As I've said here several times, I came in one Saturday afternoon, walked in the house, my ass dragging low enough it was covering up my footprints. My bride took one look at me & said you "look like ****"! As always, I responded in a respectful manner. But, she thought I needed medical attention. So, off to the ER we went. The Sawbones gave me a once over, & told me I was dehydrated, not eating right, bp was high, on & on. He looked me dead square in the eye & said "Brad, I'm goin' to put this to ya in terms you'll understand. If you don't quit eatin', thinkin', sleepin' & drinkin' trucks, we're gonna drop yer ass in a deep hole. And it ain't far off!" my bride jumped up & said "you need a hobby!" the next week I come in, we started looking at woodworking tools. Now, ya have to understand that I've been in the trucking business since I was a very young man. Grew up in the business. Never been around any wood tools, only in high school, & that was a waste of time. My bride was so insistent I was getting into woodworking, we kept buying used tools for two, almost three years. They sat in our basement, in our garage, storage facility, til we had all we could afford. Then I started goin to the library & checking out books, taking them on the truck to read. They were all about the different tools we owned. In 2009, I came in off the truck with viral meningitis. Lost the use of my legs, & left arm. Spent 8 months in the hospital learning to walk & use my hand again. My Sawbones told me my trucking days were over. Now what?!? We were able to set up a small shop in our basement, & from what I'd read, I learned to use our tools. Making toy boxes, toys, wind chimes, anything we could think of that I could handle to make & sell. I just kept at it until I got the scroll saw, & a few other tools perfected. Now we have a little bigger shop with more tools, a few newer ones, some not. But 90% of what I do is scroll work. We do light furniture repair, lathe work, most anything wood. I'm self-taught, & we don't get rich at it, but we clear enough to buy wood, tools, things like that. Yes, iron is pricey, but if you don't jump into it all at once, & buy everything brand new, it can be managed. I think you have to figure out what you want to do, buy tools & wood as you can afford them, & do your best at whatever it is you do. My apologies for the length, but, sometimes I get a little long winded.😊 learn all you can, & enjoy every minute of it! Just my .02 worth.