In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Chad Muterspaw from CRLumber.com shares his path to becoming a lumber retailer. He decided early on that he wasn’t going to turn his hobby (woodworking) into a business, so he started selling lumber as a business. Learn how advertising on a popular woodworking television show helped turn the corner, and discover what he found to be the most difficult aspect of getting his business off the ground.
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After deciding to sell lumber to other woodworkers, Chad Muterspaw, a woodworking in his own right, set about building a business. Today he sells both at his yard and to woodworkers all over the country via the Internet. Just like any other businessman, Chad learns from his customers. One hot area in woodworking today is natural-edge slabs. CRLumber.com, along with domestic and exotic hardwoods, cuts slabs on site using a bandsaw or chainsaw mill. Plus, they dry their own slabs in one of two small kilns built for that single purpose.