I don't know why I love the smell of sawdust like I do, everytime I go into my shop, I feel relaxed, no stress, I just feel like I can stay there all the time and build anything. I would love to be able to get where my Father and Grand-Fathers where, a "Master Woodworker", but it takes years to become that. Have you ever noticed, that all great woodworkers are usually up in years? That's because it takes years to get to that point. I have seen some of the things my Great Great Grand Father made,and it just floors me on how he could make such awesome furniture with the tools that where avalible at the time. I hope to be able to inspire my son,like my Father and Grand Fathers did me. I love to build furniture that I know that will be around for a very long time, thats why I use strictly hardwood.
With all that being said,that makes me think of all the major retail stores out there selling furniture from over seas, you might save some money,but do you really? I say, go out spend that extra money and buy a true "Made in America" product. Buy your furniture from the Old Guy down the street that builds "solid" furniture. Not something that will do for now, but something that will last.