As far back as I can remember I’ve been a hands-on sort of person; undo something, then put it back together again and devise a way to make it better.
My secondary education was predictably at a technical school; (offering shop, wood working, and auto courses, to name a few) that was my intro to the industrial trades, which soon followed with extended post secondary education, in welding and metallurgical studies.
Since then and over the years, I have honed my skills as a welder/welder fitter, and associated skills, for lengthy periods with some well-established companies in the metal industry.
Mostly bound by pre-engineered work projects, I have been extremely limited as to how much of my creativity I could reveal while working for an employer and having to answer to someone above me. Therefore, I was never truly able to show my full potential and artistic abilities; those of which I’ve always possessed.
That all changed after my family bonded with Ray’s family. Ray, the master of what he can do with wood; and me, what I am able to make happen with metal – we were both unfamiliar with each other’s expertise but concluded that we work well together. As a result, we decided that we could join trade-forces; to make some of the most time-lasting, forever works of furniture-art, with imagination being the only thing to set boundaries.