Sure thing Chris. Actually, these business issues are ones that I think are never fully and completely addressed because the landscape is always changing. Joe's articles were an excellent example of what I'd like to see more of, but his is one unique perspective. I'd like to see this addressed from a variety of perspectives and how it differs by subject matter or carving styles (caricature, walking sticks, relief, sculpture - realistic animals and birds or busts, and abstract art, chainsaw, etc.) and markets (holiday, fantasy, realistic). How is the market for carving evolving? How are pros developing their market? What activities do they engage in and what works well for them? etc.
I see this as a regular column with a variety of possible approaches. I am not sure how open pros are to exploring these topics in detail and opening up about their financial lives, but I'd sure like to see these topics written about. I wish I had the time and the contacts because I'd love to do this research myself, but alas . . . probably not in the cards.