I also wanted to have a hand in creating the pulse of the guitar I was playing. At first I was going to build just for myself, but it was so much fun I decided to do it full time and build for others as well.
I have had a great time doing this and I hope to continue as long as I can. I figure I'll do it till I'm 80 or 85. I think that will be my prime, the time I will build my finest guitars- just before I retire. Then I'll just hang out and play a bit and relax with friends making music.