Woodworking is a great art and hobby that you can quickly turn into business. You need to know that different woodwork projects will have different markets. For instance, if you are making toys, then...
I designed and built this small side table over the past winter, it's main body is Ash. A log that my wife and I literally stumbled over a few years back on the shore of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. I had a freind with a bandsaw mill rip it down and left it to air dry for three years. The drawer fronts are made from Angelique, again another 'sea-faring' wood species...This was reclaimed from an old barge that sat in Marthas Vineyard for the better part of 100 years!
This table was completely made by hand using only hand tools.
The finish is Tried and True oil/varnish mix.
Reclaimed wood, no power tools used and a food grade all natural oil for finish...what could be any greener than that?