How to Start a Career or Hobby in Woodworking

The skill of creating beautiful objects using wood not only allows you to personalize items and save money on home repairs, improvements or DIY projects, woodworking is also healthy for your mind and body not to mention, but it also makes for a great way to relieve yourself of stress. There is also the satisfaction of building something with your own hands. In fact, there is no greater satisfaction than the ability to craft something from rough sawn timber and see it gradually develop into a dressed, assembled and a working piece of art, furniture or functional equipment.

It’s easy to feel that we are too caught up with work or too busy with family and the daily demands of our hectic lives to pursue a hobby. Making time to do something we enjoy is far from a waste of time and is not only beneficial for the busiest people, but also our happiness and career growth.

Hobbies are a form of creative expression that allows you to build a healthy work/life balance, and finding a shared interest can help you establish build useful networks and rapport with potentially valuable contacts. Therefore, making a career or hobby out of wood-turning can play a vital role in your well-being because not only are you more likely to commit to it, if it ties in well with your schedule, recharging yourself creatively can enhance your ability to relax, rest your brain and renew your spirit. Additionally, building a hobby that is relevant to the position you are applying for, say in woodworking, can spark recruiters’ interest consequently, help you get the job you want.

So, if you want to start a career in woodworking, ask yourself whether it is currently relevant in the market today or if it can benefit your job, and most importantly, can it help you build a robust rapport make a legitimate career out of it? If the answers are a profound yes, this is what you need to do:

  • First, understand that there are different types of woodworkers, each with their own unique set of skills. So, learn the basics and define yours.
  • While most training is done on-the-job, you can gain additional skills by taking technical courses because with the increase in technology most employers today are favoring applicants who have additional training in computer applications and math. Having a degree in wood technology, manufacturing of furniture, production management, and supervision is a great bonus.
  • Certifications may not be required if you’re pursuing woodworking as a hobby. However, you can use them to show your advanced competency and professionalism in the field.
  • You can also make a career out of woodworking by taking your projects online, and the best way to go about this is to create a blog to share your love of the hobby or make a living consulting, selling DIY project ideas, plans for projects, teaching online classes on wood-working, or simply selling the products you construct.

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