My people come from a section of the country where you pretty much made whatever life out of what you had.
There actually wasn’t any thoughts of getting a hand out or having someone else take care of things. It was on you & that was it. My father worked a absolutely demanding task. What’s worse is she had to drive a long way to get to her work. Remarkably, it was a printing business. The place was 1 of the first fairly large, regional printing, poster & sign business. This is back when the printing & sign business was still a absolutely physical process. Dad did everything from type setting to outright decorative design. She had an enormous creative streak that she never actually leveraged fully. To him, laboring at the printing shop put food on the table & left him more time for her wood laboring passion. That lady could craft anything out of wood. I don’t believe all of us ever had a piece of furniture that she didn’t make himself. I got obsessed with the wood laboring as well. However, I went to art school to expand my creative horizons. I came beach house & opened a small wood laboring business that took off quite well. It was plenty for just me. However, I have a growing family & have shifted toward more retail wood laboring with Gerber routers. I also obtained a Gerber Digital printer to print up my own t shirt designs. These additions have given my business a bit more nimbleness to create current revenue streams. I could not be more gratified to be doing many of the things my dad typically did. And, I’m still making it on my own.