Is Woodworking a Viable Career Path?

Poll - July 28, 2016

I often receive emails from aspiring young woodworkers who are interested in a career in woodworking. While I might know a little more than the average person about running a woodworking business, in no way do I see myself as qualified to dish out advice. That’s what I wrote this article.

Whether you do woodworking as a hobby or a career, you probably have some opinions or impressions about how easy or difficult it might be to make a living in the craft.

Because there are so many ways to make money in woodworking that don’t actually involve manufacturing wood products for sale, let me clarify. I’m not talking about making videos, teaching classes, writing books, or anything else related to content production or instruction. That’s all supplemental income as far as I’m concerned. I’m talking strictly about someone who builds furniture either directly for clients through their own business or as part of a larger manufacturing team.

These surveys are always grossly simplified so please use the comments section below to tell us more about your thoughts. Especially if you are currently enjoying (or suffering through) a career in woodworking, I want to hear about your experiences.