Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
I am sorry to hear about the unfortunate stage of your life you are going through.
I have a suggestion so take it for what it is worth.
Depression seems to be something that feeds off itself. That is why it is so difficult to conquer.
I would recommend woodturning to beat depression. It in itself becomes its own addiction, fortunately, a good one. When you are turning, Your mind becomes very focused on what you are doing and there is nothing more mesmerizing than staring into concentric circles.
I was a professional turner for several years. I would say the biggest advantage of turning small bowls for a profit is that after a short while, you can turn a piece of scrap into a nice bowl, including finishing on the lathe in less than 30 minutes. Typically, you can get anywhere from $30 to $60 for a small bowl. My bowls were mainly turned green from freshly felled trees.
The idea that you can complete a project in less than 30 minutes is very gratifying and no time to get bored with it. You should be somewhat creative but nothing out of the ordinary. The best design ideas come from pottery shops and decorative bowls in the better retail stores.
Stay away from gluing up pieces other than a contrasting base. Just use the wood as it is. just make a pleasing shape and it will sell. This would be a great way to play with a glow in the dark finish.
Best of luck in whatever you do
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx
Last edited by Tony B; 03-20-2016 at 05:15 PM.