Oh, man. I'm making that soul connection jesture of your arm across your chest, touching your heart and tapping once. thanks for the thoughts, I relate to every one, and of course accept the compliments as a connection. I go back to do work for clients I had 30 years ago and the furniture looks better than the day I delivered it; they value it and care for it, it always makes me feel good to see.
I do my own finishing, used to have a spray booth. now I only deliver hand rubbed oil finish and sometimes hand brushed varnish (or send it out if the customer needs absolute water proof with mirror finish). I'm done poluting the world with super varnishes and lacquers. I work alone, drawings to delivery. I'm not much of a mover, being a tiny guy, but I like to be there to see the smiles.
correct on the fine point of value and investment. I take a piece of a tree, sure, but it will last for several generations, which saves the next five trees.
best to you. luck to all the skier craftsmen out there in our community and skiers around the country.