It took 49 years, one bad trip to the bowling alley, and eight days in the hospital to convince Doug McGrath to trade his office job for woodturning. Now, he’s a one-man business and a model for transforming a hobby into a moneymaking venture. The London, Ontario woodworker turns one-of-a-kind wooden bowls, and is business, Forest City Woodturnings, produces more than 1,000 bowls annually, retailing for $125 to $400 each. The lessons Doug learned by going pro may help you decide whether—and how—to take the plunge.
Featured in the December/January 2008/2009 issue of WOOD.
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