Robert Howard: "I have been a professional woodworker since the early 1980s, long enough to have very particular ideas about what I like to do and how I like to do it. Woodworking is one of those broad occupations that has a branch suited to just about any personality.
I discovered quite quickly that I was not suited to commission work, and that I hated deadlines. I hate any and all restrictions for that matter, particularly economic ones that force quality compromises.
I have also discovered that I need deadlines, which is a bit frustrating.
So, over the years I have evolved a mix of work that allows me to mostly do things my way.
I decided that I felt most comfortable making what I wanted to make, how I wanted to make it, when I wanted to make it, and selling it afterwards. I also knew that this was a risky way to work, and that if I was to minimize the economic stress and risk I would need a back-up income.
Fortunately for me, I had two other strings to my woodworking bow. I liked writing, and I liked teaching - so I have added them to my woodworking life. You will find the details of them both on this web site."