Furniture Restoration in ABQ
If you were looking for areas to start your own business here, there are several small "industrial" business areas along both I-40, and the westside of I-25, especially north of Jefferson St. The "North Valley" up north 4th & 2nd Streets, also have many small businesses that are similar. The town of Corrales, north of Albuquerque, and near booming Rio Rancho, I know has "cutom" furniture businesses also.
I too, am not an authority on your line of work, but I do love to visit the antique, collectible, flea-market stores here. They are many, so I'd think good restoration work of fine furniture pieces is always in demand.
One of the stores I frequent is: the "Antique Specialty Mall," 4516 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque (sorry I don't have the zip, but you can find that on Google). They have a very talented refinisher, who is also very friendly, that is always working on some antiques that have been shipped in from New York, or elsewhere.
I don't remember his name, but if you would write him a letter, addressed perhaps as "Furniture Restoration Expert," with the above address, I'm sure he would at least write back to you, and let you know how things are in Albuquerque from one professional to another. Their phone number is (505) 268-8080...maybe the staff there could give you his name, or if he's "in" you could talk to him.
There are 20 Yellow Pages listings for "Furniture Repair & Refinish." I just thought of another company. "Furniture Medic Rx" (the "three R's in Wood Repair: Repair, Restore, Refinish.") You might contact them too for better local information. (505) 265-8000. No address given, so maybe another "craftsman" that works our of his house, or such. I used to live just up the street from a furniture builder/craftsman...he ran his whole business out of his double garage. How he got by the zoning laws, I never did know. Either that, or his neighbors were just "live and let live" types, like me. :-)
Good luck on your "quest!"