Can you recommend a place to start for a guy who might want to get started making his living as a woodworking craftsman?Answer:There is no automatic formula. Just like the African saying, it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to raise a craftsman. It all has to happen in harmony and with the encouragement of others. Spend some time in the shop and share what you learn with others. If you develop reasonable skill, have some artistic vision as to where you want to go with it, and have reasonable communication skills to convince others to join you on your journey, you may have the necessary skills to make a living as a craftsman.
Craft shows are the best way to introduce what you make to a community. They can also be discouraging and a test of whether you really want this life. They are one of the best places to observe customer response to products. They give direct information you won't find reading magazines, hanging out in the woodshop or trying to sell over the internet and through galleries.