It’s difficult to determine without an actual price list, but I understand that it’s not very common. I have seen some prices that don’t seem accurate, but that’s how much I have seen. I estimate that the average worker makes between $20,000-$60,000 a year. The average income of a home remodeling contractor is $40,000 a year, so a woodworker earns more than the average house-tender.
Are you the head of a company who makes furniture? No, I’m not the head of anything like that. I’ve been in several companies as a project manager and architect over many years, and if they weren’t doing furniture I wouldn’t know where to start.
What is your favorite thing to do? I love to cook, and baking has always been a big passion of mine. I have a small shop that sells baking supplies and also sells candles. I also love to learn new skills through woodworking projects such as the woodworking projects with my son.
What do you most dislike about work? When you have an appointment with us you come to work, even if it’s just a quick meeting. It’s not that much fun to work with you when you’re tired.
What’s the weirdest thing you have ever done? It’s a really hard to know. This is my second year doing custom furniture in the Bay Area. It seems like every year I get some new experience with the product, or I build something that I don’t think I would make in the next 3 years. It’s not really the strangest thing to have done. The strangest thing is it’s not even weird to talk about. You see me sitting in the same room and I talk every day.
How much do you make a year at your shop? I’ve been working since 2001.
What is your favorite book? Maybe it would be The Business of Woodworking. That one is the most useful reference I’ve read.
What is your least favorite book? I love the business of woodworking. There is so much information in that book and the process is so easy to understand. However, if you read more business books you learn more about the process and you don’t necessarily understand the details of the tools that were used but you can understand those details through the process and your understanding of the tools.
Where do you live now? We have a house in Santa Rosa called the “Wine and Gift Show Home.”
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