Woodworking for People with Autism

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Today’s guest post is from Sawinery, an online woodworking resource. They reached out to us to share an exciting and inspirational story about combining woodworking and autism. This is such a great story about an adult on the spectrum pursuing a creative interest as self-employment.

I’m excited to introduce today’s post from Sawinery, an online woodworking resource. They’ll be sharing a story about an adult on the autism spectrum who is a successful woodworking, and how woodworking can serve as a  great hobby or fulfilling self-employment option.

We’ll let them take it from here…


As we know, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by challenges in social interaction and communication and appearance of restricted, repetitive behaviours and interests. We also know that there is such a wide range of symptoms for each individual with a diagnosis, including behavioral challenges and varying effort in social interactions.

But to many individuals’ surprise, life isn’t the same for anyone diagnosed with autism. Despite the unique challenges they face, there are people that are able to live beyond their diagnosis and enjoy their life time.

Like for instance, a woodworker named Gregory Chabolla, who was diagnosed with a form of autism called the Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (formerly known as PDD-NOS) at a very young age.

Growing up as a child for Gregory was very difficult as he experienced numerous challenges in life, like in the case of not speaking to anyone, dressing himself, feeding himself and also having less writing and learning in school.

But with the massive support Gregory had from his family, he did not allow the diagnosis define his life. He also preceded what most specialists predicted for him and currently, he is now a woodworker.

Gregory Chabolla started his woodworking career when he reached out a neighbour called Pasty Williams who later agreed to enlighten him after seeing his interest in woodworking. From there, they began working on easier projects  before going into difficult cuts and designs, then he commenced selling his works to people.

Gregory’s woodworking business is located in Texas and he is currently very active in selling his work at arts shows and festivals. Check out his facebook page, where he happily invites people say hi and check out his work. Apart from his talents as a woodworker, Gregory finds great joy in the interactions he has with his customers.  

Indeed, Gregory’s story is an inspiration to many individuals, especially to those kinds of individuals with disabilities like autism. His woodworking career will give big hope to many and their families..

People diagnosed with autism that are feeling inspired to try woodworking, should be encouraged to focus on its general benefits and also use Gregory Chabolla as an inspiration.

According to Gregory, woodworking is good for anyone that can put real focus and be calm but not everyone can do it. He says having a focused mind and taking careful steps will bring fulfillment and success at it.

A woodworking business can become a means for any individual on the autism spectrum, despite the different challenges they may experience. Many others that need more support than Gregory have also found a new life in woodworking. So people with autism should not lose hope, instead put interest in anything with benefits like woodworking and it may lead to massive changes in your life.

Related Reading: Learn more about woodworking and autism, as well as read the original story.


Are there any interests that you or your child may enjoy turning into a business? Share in our Autism Grown Up community and let’s chat!

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