Anyway, it is good to be busy milling out rough lumber after 4-5 months of not hearing from any potential customers. A bunch of new work came in just before Christmas and a few orders since then. At this point I am back to a 6 month back log of work. As it is just me, it does not take a whole lot to keep me busy, but this was the biggest slowdown for me in the last 10 years. It really does rattle your world when there is no work. As a creative laborer, the psyche really takes a hit. Is it me? What am I doing? Should I be doing something else? A lot of self doubt and rethinking of things. Then business picks up and everything looks a brighter. It is amazing how close we all live to the bone. At this point, I am very happy that I did not take out that loan two years ago when things were really hopping. I was thinking about adding on to the shop, buying some expensive tools, maybe a car with less than 200,000 miles on it. Keeping it simple seems to have worked for me over the years. I have always wanted to expand my business but “how” was always the question. Now the question is; Is it a safe thing to do?
Well, I have great orders to work on now, chairs, benches, pencil post beds. The family is healthy, the cars are running, tires are fair, and the tractor is running to clear the driveway and to haul the sawdust.
A good year to all,
Take a look at my work at TimothyClark.com.
(Let me know if you want sawdust.)