Turning Woodworking Into a Career
If you are a woodworking enthusiast have you ever considered turning your hobby into a career? In a perfect world everyone would do what they loved, and the great thing about being passionate about wood work is that it’s possible!
There are a number of ways to create a legitimate career from your woodworking hobby. Professionals are needed to construct all types of products, such as furniture, cabinets, and structures. If you have the knowledge and ability to build things with your hands and use machinery consider going into work for either yourself or a company that will reward your particular type of skills.
There are different fields that require certain skill sets for the types of woodwork that currently exists. Bench carpenters and cabinet makers cut and shape wood to put parts together for specific products. Often, they create the cabinets for clients. People that repair and shape damaged furniture are finishers. Usually this type of position handles antique furniture. It requires a great amount of knowledge as to know what the best solution may be, depending on the type of wood and the build of the item. Finishers are also skilled at sealing, staining, and applying top coats.
To get the finished product to look how it is supposed to, machinery is a major part of the woodworking process. This calls for operators, machine tenders, and setters. Most woodworkers of today are trained technically in the skill and use all types of machinery for their work.
Before we had so much technology, workers were incredibly skilled using their hands and a few tools to create intricately designed furniture. Now, there is definitely a balance between using your hands and having the skills to operate machinery. Specifically, the computerized numerical control machine, which is used often in woodwork. This machine has amazing accuracy and is a great piece of equipment for any enthusiasts.
While many people whose hobbies include wood work may feel they do not have the talent to turn it into a career, it’s not something to write off. A high school diploma is usually the prerequisite, and most training is done on the job.
However, it is never a bad idea to get additional training. Some woodworking enthusiasts take courses at technical schools to enhance and grow their skill set. There are even universities that offer degrees in wood technology, manufacturing, and production. Graduates of these programs can begin working in engineering, production, and management. Most employers are choosing applicants that have some training in computer applications, so if you have the chance to receive training, make sure you gain the extra skills when the opportunity presents itself.
Consider your skills and you may be surprised to find that a career in woodworking is a great fit for you. There’s nothing better than having an appreciation and passion for what you do. The first step is to understand what it takes.
This article was originally published on moshiehorn.org.