Firstly, I will try to share with you my experiences as an apprentice to Paul Sellers. My hope is that this might help you as you; possibly consider something similar, as you take steps in your own “apprenticeship”, whatever form it might take, or just provide insight or interest of some form.
As I make items for friends and family and receive commissions, I will think about design, share the techniques I am learning, and photos of the projects made. In time I hope a gallery of projects I have made might act a bit like a portfolio and be useful for those people who might be wanting to commission a piece.
I will record my gradual accumulation and conditioning or reconditioning of those tools I feel are essential for me as a beginner hand tool woodworker on a budget. I will be thinking about whether you need to spend lots of money on every shiny tool available, and trying to get car boot and eBay finds fit for purpose.
As I work towards being able to make a living as a woodworker, I’ll look practically at what it takes to start up a business. Is it possible to make a living from working as a craftsman in this day and age? Can you run a sustainable living from making handmade furniture using traditional methods.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for joining me on this journey I am taking in pursuing what I believe could be my vocational calling. I hope it is of interest and use to people. Let’s get woodworking!