I know how you feel. I was in the transportation industry for 10 years (railroad) but when my daughter was born I decided that it was time to get out. The pay was great, but having to work 3rd shift and having Tuesday and Wednesday for a weekend was not condusive to a good family life style. I never really regrestted the move (except for the pay that is.)
Originally Posted by Ned Bulken
In any case things worked out for me beacuse I looked for a job that was woodworking related and yet not in the normal defination such as carpentry or cabinetry. In the end I found my spot as a machinist for a boat building place. Its the perfect position for me because it requires a lot of skill and it really marry's steel with wood. For instance my current job is to apply some stainless steel trim around a groove set into all the granite counter tops, cabinets, coffee tables and circular stair handrails.
All I am saying is, try looking outside the box so to speak and you will find a lot of places where your love of woodworking will come into play, even if it does not apply to woodworking directly. And one more thing, always put down woodworking as one of your hobbies on your resume. When managers see that, they always think of woodworkers as patient and diligent, and that is a good trait to have in any worker.
Good luck my friend.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"