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post #21 of 29 Old 11-06-2019, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Sancho.
I'm not looking for a full time business, that is for sure. I have not lived in a solid structure in almost 30 years. I lived on my boat for about 25 years and now living in my RV for about 2 1/2 years. In those years, I have always had to rent a commercial building. and I still will have to in the future. I love furniture making and not cabinet making. The best money is in repair and restoration, which I am slowly beginning to enjoy. I also love woodturning. Those items are very limiting but the money is good. I just love building furniture and still plan on taking off to parts and places unknown for around 3 or 4 months a year. Not to mention smaller trips throughout the year.
Still not sure exactly what I am going to or even where. I will never forget that I am retired. The beauty is that I can pick and choose the work. Actually more than anything else, I would love to teach others what I know.

I am slowly thinking about the whole thing and that's also part of the adventure. Not any different than planning an adventure trip on a boat or an RV.
I keep forgetting how old I am. Thank God for that.

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OK, let's combine everything ......

Teaching, traveling, part time woodworking, and a mobile shop. The shop in a trailer would solve all those "requirements" in my opinion. A good size motor home would easily pull a larger trailer. You could park the trailer at a trusted location, then travel OR just bring it with you if it's self contained ... off grid more or less.



I know I'm spending "your" money, but you need to think outside of the normal boundaries. There are motor homes and travel trailers with space for rec vehicles in the back end. That space could be your shop....?
https://www.thormotorcoach.com/motorhomes/toy-haulers/



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Thanks Sancho.
I'm not looking for a full time business, that is for sure. I have not lived in a solid structure in almost 30 years. I lived on my boat for about 25 years and now living in my RV for about 2 1/2 years. In those years, I have always had to rent a commercial building. and I still will have to in the future. I love furniture making and not cabinet making. The best money is in repair and restoration, which I am slowly beginning to enjoy. I also love woodturning. Those items are very limiting but the money is good. I just love building furniture and still plan on taking off to parts and places unknown for around 3 or 4 months a year. Not to mention smaller trips throughout the year.
Still not sure exactly what I am going to or even where. I will never forget that I am retired. The beauty is that I can pick and choose the work. Actually more than anything else, I would love to teach others what I know.

I am slowly thinking about the whole thing and that's also part of the adventure. Not any different than planning an adventure trip on a boat or an RV.
I keep forgetting how old I am. Thank God for that.

"I keep forgetting how old I am. Thank God for that."


When you are 53 or even 63 you can forget about how old you are. When you are 73 you cannot. Each year that you now add to your age brings with it much more in physical problems than did each year at a younger age. And, though less likely, it may bring mental problems.


Unless you need the tax deductions, go into your new woodworking experience as a hobby. That leaves you to totally progress and accomplish jobs as you desire. Not as some schedule dictated by a customer requires. As a hobbyist you can accept commissions or turn them down as you see fit. You can buy(or not buy) machinery as is dictated by your desires, not someone else's.


Whatever name you want to put to the enterprise will not matter to anyone but you. Regardless, do not forget your age. 5 years from now will be significantly different than now.


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"I keep forgetting how old I am. Thank God for that."''''''''''''''''
When you are 53 or even 63 you can forget about how old you are. When you are 73 you cannot. . 5 years from now will be significantly different than now............George
Agree 100%. with the above and also strongly leaning toward the hobby direction.

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Teaching, traveling, part time woodworking, and a mobile shop. The shop in a trailer would solve all those "requirements" in my opinion. A good size motor home would easily pull a larger trailer. You could park the trailer at a trusted location, then travel OR just bring it with you if it's self contained ... off grid more or less.



I know I'm spending "your" money, but you need to think outside of the normal boundaries. There are motor homes and travel trailers with space for rec vehicles in the back end. That space could be your shop....?
https://www.thormotorcoach.com/motorhomes/toy-haulers/


Bill, it's not like I havent thought of that before. Helen jokingly suggested when we were traveling on my boat, that I pull a barge behind me with my tools. I think I could e very happy with a lathe and a chainsaw. My interest in woodworking actually started with a lathe and a chainsaw. I never got bored with turning green wood. You cant even design a bowl in your head until you actually start the turning process. Glue-ups are more designable and predictable. And nuffin wrong with that either.

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I am the original owner and operator of a woodworking business in Dickinson Tx. - Not too far from Galveston or Houston. I sold a solid business with a great reputation when I retired. The man that purchased the business ran it into the ground and went out of business a year later. That was around 7 years ago or so.
My question is............I am thinking about reopening the business, under the original name. Would this be suicidal? I dont have any of my old contacts because I gave that all away with the business. Or............maybe I should just open under a new name.
I would like replies from only professional marketing people since this is a critical decision for me.
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Open under a new name, no question. People tend not to forget when a small business is ran into the ground. Case in point: there used to be an awesome pizza joint in my hometown, they just blew the big chain pizza places out of the water. Someone else took it over and the place went to hell. There have been NINE other pizza places in that spot since then. It's like the place is cursed.

There's no benefit to hanging out a shingle under the old name. Previous clients who remember doing business with you will remember your ethics no matter what your business card says. Other people will just associate you with a bad reputation you didn't earn.
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Tony,
Have you looked into festools? My entire shop is almost entirely festools. Why? Because they are a mobile and made for site work. Wen did that job in Oregon built my buddy that small built in bar. I was able to load up most of my shop into the back of my truck haul them to Oregon, set up build the bar tear down the equipment and back into the truck in about a hour then left and came home.

Yes they are pricey. But there are other tool manufacturers that make similar tools. This way you really wont need shop space. You can do as One person suggested get a toy hauler and put your tools in it and go where ever you want, set up build something and move on. Im thinking hard about moving out of Calif. I have a couple of places in mind. Then Ill get a toy hauler and do just what I described. Ill have a shop but if I want or need to go somewhere to do some work a toyhauler makes it easy.

Anyway sort of a long winded post but the bottom line is now days you done need heavy stationary equipment to do what you want
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Tony, there is a way to re-awaken a brand by leveraging the original brand name in a new name. Think about how you could create a new name with the old name embedded.

Problem with trying to re-awaken an old brand - in your case - is that it bit the dust and WOM(word of mouth) tends to lean to the negative side in this type of situation.

As a marketing pro, I would suggest a few tries on the old name - reworked and then some new names that map to your target market (the ones with money to spend and needs to fulfill).

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Maybe "Texas Woods"...
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