Yup - thats a fair Gloat.. . . .
But, my youngish cobber - beware the dream of making furniture for a living
. .. . . !
I've been doing it for 17 years now - and it is a good life . . . I even
got to the stage where I thought we could move down to the Southwest (WA)
from Fremantle, and live in what was our holiday home - seeing as now I was
already a multi hundredaire. . . . and slow up a tad . . .
So move we did - and set up a new little Furniture Gallery .. . . Now,
after 3and a bit years down here , I have never been so busy .. . . . I am
running an 11 month waiting list for my work, and turn away as much work as
And whats more - having just managed to turn 50 with most of my body parts
still working and present . . .. . I am still a multi hundredaire . .. .
The Nannup Furniture Gallery
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The Dutch have a saying: "met je neus in de boter vallen."
Literally translated: "falling with your nose in the butter."
That doesn't translate very well, but you get the picture, right? <G>
Congratulations. Nothing better than a gig that flexes your skill-sets;
variety is a spice indeed. You'll learn something new every day.
Then, just when you think you've gathered a lot of know-how...SURPRISE!!!
I hope that 30 years down the road, when you are interviewing some
wide-eyed kid, you remember this opportunity given to you.
Good luck, bro'.
Thanks for all the congrats, guys. Figured I'd follow up on it, as
it's the end of my first day. For once, it turns out the job is just
like I hoped it'd be... We were working on expanding a garage on a
house that looked like an old Engish Manor (must of had at least 7
bedrooms) and the emphesis was consistantly on doing things correctly-
not just wacking them out as quickly as possible. Tools were
top-notch, materials were top-notch, and the guy I work for is a nice
fella. Asked about the attached shop at home base a little, and it
turns out that it's not only possible but likely that there'll be
times where my job is building cabinetry and custom furniture for
months straight, where the job needs it. Busted out concrete for a
good hunk of the day today, but tomorrow it sounds Iike I'm going to
be refabricating old custom woodwork in a kitchen at another site.
From the way it sounds, this company is sort of the unofficial
caretaker of the old lumber barons' mansions in the old money part of
Excellent stuff- there's always a bit of disbelief on my part when
someone describes a new job to me, but it looks like these guys were
right on the level.
(And it pays better than steel work!)
Yep. It's going great- Looks like most my work is going to be
high-end trim and cabinet fabrication, though the last three days have
been slightly heavier framing because the other guy that does the
detail work has been having back problems. Of course, I'm finding
that it's *all* detail work there- learned quite a bit already that I
had never even considered when working for myself, like pouring
foundation footings, crowning studs to get a perfectly flat wall, and
a bunch of other neat little tricks. It's like working at home, only
I get paid for it. Co-workers and the boss are all nice guys, too.
Never had a job where I even considered hanging around off the clock
before, but I do at this one- good stuff!
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