I don’t know. I’m afraid I can’t tell you. For what it’s worth, the way this book describes the business is not only interesting, but quite interesting. “All Woodworking”, as it says, “is an enterprise of production, not profit.” The concept is not difficult to understand, but it is interesting nonetheless. And you need an education that goes beyond your ability to remember which wood is wood and whether a part came from a saw or a sawmill.
I should mention that the book has also been helpful to me in understanding my own business venture. After all, if there’s a profession you should learn how to become proficient at, and that you should want in order to be successful at it, it is undoubtedly carpentry. I don’t really consider myself a craftsman or an artist, but I’m confident enough to admit that I’m at least a little skilled at what I do. I should probably spend more time in my workshop, but that’s not likely to occur in the near future, at least not for some time yet. The more I learn and the quicker I can learn it, the quicker I can learn about carpentry, and the quicker I get better at it, the faster I can sell my work, the faster I can make a living. I’m sure you’ve all read about what I mean by “making money.” But for real, if you want to be a well-off business owner you need to spend a lot of time doing some type of woodwork (not just the work for your family) – even though I doubt very much that you’re going to make any real money out of it in the long run – but in order to be successful in this business, you have to spend a lot of time doing it.
In the first chapter of “All Woodworking” I discuss my first foray into creating carpentry furniture, and when I finished that project I became pretty confident in my business. While working on it, I was inspired by a series of books I read by Steve Jones, John Lettieri, Michael Sorenson and others that gave a very interesting picture of the industry. They talked about what they called the “Woodman’s Art: A History of the Arts of Carpentry”, and they talked about the basic ideas behind carpentry, such as “The most valuable thing in life is a job well done”. While it is not clear from all I’ve read, I must assume that the idea is that there’s an art