There are many worthwhile professions in the world, including carpentry, and many individuals in the world have decided to take its up this profession, but why did I choose to be one of them? Hard to say, maybe there are deeper reasons than just like or dislike ........
Let me just outline a personal history about how I started in the profession. It happened a long time ago when , :-), I was still a young fellow, before I had thought about what I should do for the rest of my life.
I had tried a few jobs already (I had even been a school PE teacher) when I decided to go to the USA to find work. I work there in the company of a old friend named Eugene Klotz: we had known each other since we were just kids. He had become a noted and very talented woodworker, specializing in laying high quality wood floors.
One day he told me that he had been commissioned to build an altar in a small Catholic Church of Jeanne d’Arc located in Yountville in the Napa Valley, California. On arrival there, I immediately fell in love with its landscape and the vineyards (as well as the wine!).
We accomplished the work in a two-car garage, making the altar in parts for its assembly elsewhere (despite experiencing a 5.9 intensity earthquake, epicentred in nearby San Francisco!). Among other things, we used an old technique of wood marquetry to create 100 lilies, using timber from several species of exotic tree, to generate an atmosphere around the altar of being in France. I learned from this not only how to work with fine woods but also how important it is to generate a construct appropriate for its location. I also learned how to lay real gold-leaf onto wood btw.
The project was very successful. The congregation were excited and pleased to see the new altar and I was proud to be its carpenter.
This was my introduction to carpentry, and I have practiced it now for 28 years (and will do hopefully for a few more years).
How i work?
You, as a prospective customer, invited me to your home to discuss your plans to redo it. We discussed your needs, visions and desires. Then I returned to my place of business to figure out how to best meet your wishes.In line with my previous experience, I shall have to consider what practical measures are required to accomplish your project. I have to visualize how things are going to look. I have to prepare and develop ideas and drawings, thinking step by step how the project can best be done. Then I have to decide how to accomplish it, how long it will take to complete it and, of course, the overall cost to you.All this is summarized and presented to you by email, or maybe by a personal visit. My proposals have to be approved by you, with or without adjustments. Details need to be agreed before work commences. Reworks and further discussions may be required until we are fully agreed and actual work can start on-site.OK, time to work. As work progresses you can visit the work site when you want to discuss new ideas or changes, sometimes amid dust and noise. Or I might need to consult with you to agree particular installation details, or to make sure that our plans are going to meet your wishes, or to rethink new ideas, or to deal with unforeseen snags that might have arisen, etc.
Finally, there is silence, and, (ta-dah!), I call you to see the finished job. My only hope is that you will love it at first sight.
Then it is time for me to leave, but, as I do so, I have to confess that, as always, I shall leave behind a part of my being. Do you imagine that being a carpenter is merely a job? Not so, it is my life’s work, and I shall always leave a part of my spirit in each and all of the projects that I accomplish.