Does anybody here run a one man shop? If so what types of pieces do you make? I have a decent setup: table saw, jointer, sanders, jigs, and clamps. Would like to run a one man shop on a part time basis only, just wondering if handmade woodwork is a lost art. Thanks- Andrew
A lost art? Hardly, alive and well and at levels that are quite amazing. There are thousands like these;
The best advice I can give you is, just do it. Get a body of work together, if it's furniture you want to build.
When I worked for others, I did jobs on the side. At first, I had no shop and only a few hand tools. It's not about those things, it's about the work you can put out. I made some simple Shaker style trestle tables out of pine. When I needed a chisel, I took the blade out my block plane, the only plane I owned. Bicycle tubes for clamps. I made a dozen and put them for sale on the front lawn, sold all but one in about a week. That was a long time ago. I'd be embarrassed to ask money for one of those tables, today, but that was then.
I won't bore you with the rest of the story but after being around, I can tell you, people that are successful just do what they dream. They don't ask permission, they don't let things keep them back, at least, not for long. Don't talk about it, make a plan and get going. Don't worry about falling on your face, that will happen, get smarter the next time and don't give up.