Still Waters Run Deep: Update on Survey Analysis

I was keeping it pretty steady there with the survey analysis, basically running chunks of numbers/analyses as I went. However, as I worked through the part-time builder analyses I realized that I was running up against a few limitations to this step-by-step approach: For one, it was creating a bit of an awkward comparison for … Continue reading Still Waters Run Deep: Update on Survey Analysis

Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Part-Time Builder & Business Demographics

A Quick Word on the Logic of Providing Analyses for All/Full-Time/Part-Time Builders: Throughout out the project, one reaction I've routinely heard regarding who I should speak with--or who I should invite to complete the survey--is that only "full-time" or "professional" builders should be included. There are a couple basic problems with this. For one, as … Continue reading Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Part-Time Builder & Business Demographics

Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Full-Time Builder Livelihood Part II

Still focusing on full-time builder livelihoods, let's delve more into incomes, both from framebuilding and within the household more broadly. Let's first look at income from framebuilding alone: What is your typical recent annual income from the framebuilding business? 47 responsesMean: $32,660Median: $30,000Mode: $50,000 With median and mean being pretty close, we see a less skewed … Continue reading Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Full-Time Builder Livelihood Part II

Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Full-Time Builder Livelihood Part I

Picking back up--after a few months off here--with the analysis of only self-reported "full-time" builders. I will basically follow the same question ordering and structure below as I did in my earlier "livelihood" posts for the full sample, to make for an easier comparison. That said, I should repeat my same warning about making comparisons … Continue reading Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Full-Time Builder Livelihood Part I

Quick Update for Late September

Just as I got going on the analysis of full-time framebuilders, things got real quiet around here! I'm still around, but a few things came up: I realized there were a couple of problematic cases that still needed "cleaning" in the data. Nothing fishy....but somehow I'd overlooked some internally-contradictory responses from a few builders, mainly … Continue reading Quick Update for Late September

Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Full-Time Builder & Business Demographics

Having completed the basic analyses for all builders, I want to run back through much of the same material - but this time narrowing the focus to "full-time builders" only. Why the scare quotes? Well, what constitutes a "real", "full-time" or "professional" framebuilder is a touchy issue - one for perennial debate in forums, at … Continue reading Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Full-Time Builder & Business Demographics

Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Livelihood Part II

Picking back up on analyzing builder livelihoods, let's delve more into incomes, both from framebuilding and within the household more broadly. Quick reminder as a bridge from last post: right now we are talking about all of the builders in my sample. About 44% of those builders do not identify as being "full time" builders...though nearly all … Continue reading Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Livelihood Part II

Framebuilder Survey Analysis: A Brief Aside on the State of the Trade

Last week, I saw on Instagram that Henry James was "going dark" after 5.15.2020. I'd noticed a while back that they had moved locations but thought, from a distance, that maybe they were transitioning with ownership or strategy. What is most surprising to me right now, though, is that I haven't really seen any commentary or … Continue reading Framebuilder Survey Analysis: A Brief Aside on the State of the Trade

Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Segment Output

Last time, I looked at what I consider the basic demographics of the framebuilding businesses included in my sample - things like the age of the businesses, employees, sales channels, etc. Now I'd like to turn to what those builders are producing and what this tells us about the U.S. handbuilt segment and its output … Continue reading Framebuilder Survey Analysis: Segment Output