I see you're in San Diego? I lived down there last summer and got to meet some local luthiers. It's amazing to me how big the local acoustic music/building scene is out there compared to here on the east coast. My only regret about spending the summer out there was that I was working and didn't have the chance to make it out to El Cajon. haha I have to say though, I played a SCGC 1929 at the store out there where I bought my Eastman. That was an absolutely beautiful guitar. It played like butter and could handle pretty much anything I played very elegantly and clearly. It felt like it was custom built for and I loved it, but it was about 4x my budget
That is definitely something I would love to do too, but around here I just don't think it would be profitable enough to make a living, and I have absolutely no woodworking experience haha. I've also been interested in just learning how to do some repairs like set ups, basic cleating, etc.
If you want to make money woodworking, make custom furniture. Seriously.
OP: glad you're happy with your axe. Yeah, it's not the kind of thing most people can afford to do more than once. I'm a big fan of the slothead headstock.