Gary Staple, Nova Scotia, Canada (2013-2014)


Gary Staple owns and runs his own business Gary Staple Fine Woodworking and he too advises new woodworkers to keep their overheads low.


“The first few years will be the most difficult and high overheads can sink a new company.  My advice is not to rush out and buy lots of shiny new equipment, but do buy quality in the tools you use the most.”


He also emphasises the importance of pricing.  “It’s easy to price too low, but the fact of the matter is that custom furniture is a high-end market product.


“So, look at what established makers are charging in your area, and be guided by those prices.  Remember, you are not competing with IKEA.