Thanks for the input everyone! I've put a lot of thought into this and even the jobs I've done for pay I've never seen as a job or work. I'm a hands on type of person. I love working with my hands and creating a refined product from unrefined materials. I currently work in insurance and I'm only there for a paycheck. There's no passion or love in this. It's a 9-5 to pay the bills. When I'm not at work, you'll always find me tinkering in the garage or the basement. I've built and repaired computers, built little robot type projects, fixed up old small engine items (e.g. lawn mowers and snow blowers which are really a necessity where I live), ect. I do also play piano and violin and I've spent a lot of time repairing and tuning piano's for family and friends, never got into the repair work of string instruments though. I spent way to much money on my violin to not leave that to the professionals lol.
I understand what you're all saying and I respect it, it's just something about working with my hands for a living seems more enjoyable than what I'm currently doing.
Originally Posted by Jay C. White Cloud
Please tell us more about yourself? What brought you to woodworking? What other "arts" hold your interest? Do you like "powered" woodworking or are you trying to learn traditional hand tools as well? What "professional" aspect of woodworking would you like to get into?
When I was younger my Grandfather showed me his shop in his garage and his basement. His garage was for big projects and the basement was for smaller projects. He was the drafting and wood working teacher for the high school. He taught me how to use some of the tools and let me help him on some of his projects. I went from that to helping with the big construction projects to my love for the craft. As I said above, I play violin for about 15 years and piano for roughly 19 years. With that I like to compose music and arrange music for my roommate and I. I never really got into the drawing/painting/sculpting arts as I'm about as good at drawing and painting as I am at flying like superman lol.
When it comes to the big projects, like construction work, I would go power tools all the way. Too much to do, not enough time to do hand tools.
When I start my small projects like the furniture plans around the house, I'd like to build them with hand tools as much as I can. A lot of those hand tools my Grandfather has offered to let me borrow thankfully.
I'd like to get into custom furniture as a profession, possibly taking some construction gigs along the way, but custom furniture of all kinds is what I imagine myself doing.