The Twisted Slab

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  1. Thanks for the link. I always wear a respirator when epoxy is poured and at least a dust mask when sanding. My boss does neither. I didn't realize that partially cured epoxy dust is worse. Good to know.
  2. The video was on point and the timing was great.That apparently went up yeserday, lol. Thanks Martin-IT. His main points were relevant even though I wasn't thinking about YouTube so much in my model. Watching his video, there certainly seems to be a fine line between selling out and staying authentic. And I'm not judging.
  3. That is a neat story about the stone splitting. I didn't know about that. You might see a rendition of that in my future book some day. Good comments, and good points about Nakashima. Thanks for the response.
  4. No need to apologize. I didn't take offense, and thanks for the response. I build quality stuff; I've just been doing it for somebody else. I've been building a shop for the past couple years and am trying to turn it into a business. I love woodworking and am trying to come up with creative ways to not only make active income building stuff for people but also create passive income online related to woodworking. I am thinking rustic just because I build with slabs and barnwood all the time these days, so that's what's on my mind. I am at a crossroads with my woodworking career. I build rustic furniture for a living but subscribe to Fine Woodworking. I have the skills for both. I am amazed at how much my boss is able to sell rustic stuff for versus how long it took to build - especially when you just screw something together. The difference in labor when building with pocket screws versus mortise and tenon is crazy. But where I work the final rustic product is nice and commands a high-end price, and the customer doesn't notice the difference or even thinks about joinery. It's an interesting conundrum and I'm just rambling now. Knowing now that this might be the wrong forum for the answers I'm looking, what do you think would be a good angle for what I'm trying to do? Or do you have any other thoughts? Thanks for the back and forth
  5. Hi and thanks for the comment. I hear you. Fortunately, I previously worked in a custom woodshop building doors, cabinets and architectural millwork for several years where we actually thought about wood movement and the like. I currently work in a rustic woodshop where not much thought goes into construction other than to add more screws or bolts. And I'm certainly had enough of the epoxy resin. I have had similar thoughts as you. There is even fake barnwood stuff at walmart and pine slabs at Lowes. But I do enjoy the aesthetic of live edge and barnwood. I agree with you about Nakashima, too. One thought I had with my e-book idea was how to properly build with slabs while accommodating for wood movement. Thanks again for the response Jesse
  6. I currently build furniture, doors, cabinets out of barnwood and slabs for a living working for someone else. Now, I am trying to figure out how to create some income online for myself via a website with blog, e-book, my own store with projects for sale, etc. Do you think an e-book on how to build with slabs and barnwood would be of interest? If so, what would be a nice price point? What do you all find the most challenging when building with slabs and barnwood? Also I am trying to figure out the market. Why do you woodwork? Do you all woodwork for a living or is this a hobby? Or both Thanks for any responses. Jesse