I am in agreement with everyone above, and here's my situation: I love to work with wood. My wife of 40 years + was raised-up having anything she wanted made from wood being made exactly as she wanted it by her Dad, who owned and ran hands-on a furniture manufacturing business. He died 3 years ago (this week), so now I am "her go-to guy". I am also the "go-to guy" for my three daughters and their families. Furniture and odd items that simply are unavailable in stores is when they call Dear Old Dad.
I am also an inventor and even though I currently own 3- businesses, I try to get-in as much wood-working time as possible. Tendril Consulting is my design and engineering business and I spend much of my time with that. There is very little wood-working needed for this venture, except that I use this business to encompass my (small business) of making abaci. These are repetitive, but I make numerous varieties with numerous hardwoods in a couple of differing sizes - so they are very rarely "brainless". I also teach classes on using the abacus, math, chemistry, physics, biology and botany. I also have another business where we're manufacturing several of my inventions (none of them have "hit the market" yet) and currently we're in the construction process of our new building. I do the woodworking in my shop, but the bulk of the work is made of metal and is done in our machine shop. I also have another business - which is simply my business in which I do technical support of the concrete formwork system that I invented. I train sales reps and do placement plans, details and shop cards.
Non-stop since 1961, I have maintained a private collection of reptiles. I've had two full-time positions working with reptiles and amphibians. I also worked as a volunteer to many law enforcement agencies as a "Dangerous Animal Specialist", which simply means I was called-in on animals which needed to be dealt with that are beyond the scope of what local animal control officers are allowed to work with (due to Worker's Compensation Regulations). I did this work for 15 years for no payment, except "first right of refusal" on any recovered "adoptable" animals. I also consult veterinarians on the subject of herpetological maintenance and medical care.
Having the collection of reptiles is, for me; an expensive endeavor. Where this gets-back to wood-working projects is such as what I am doing this week - building an exhibit cage for a lizard with the potential to grow to 7 feet in length. The lizard is a Sumatran Water Monitor - second largest lizard species in the world (Komodo Dragon gets larger).
There is a lot of wood-work involved in building such an exhibit cage! Many critical considerations must be considered and all must be met... Space and Ventilation. Temps and Servicability. Access to everything, yet very secure - a 70 pound lizard is super-strong and extremely intelligent! Waterproofing and Insulation. Ingress and Egress. Access to external controls that are hidden from public view. The interior will include an 11- foot tree (cut and positioned horizontally) because this lizard can climb as well as any squirrel. The will be a pond, with drainage, filtration and adjustable temperatures and lighting. The pond will be elevated, with a brick foundation - real brick - not that stick-on cheap stuff. The stucco on the interior walls will be painted by a mural artist whom I've used on numerous occasions. Lots of planning, lots of wood-working, lots of wood!
So, in summary; there are many reasons that I choose a project!
Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia
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