What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attend NWFA classes when they are close to home. I also maintain a membership with the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I made an amazingly simple transition from a career in graphic design to a career as a woodworker. The attention to detail that I learned working in the design field proved to be a strong asset. This was 17 years ago and I have not looked back.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most often we are hired to remove carpet and install laminate or hardwood floors and baseboards.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One of the most rewarding jobs involved creating a winding hickory staircase. It was the focal point of a gorgeous home in North County. The difficulty level was high, but I was excited, and honored, to be called on to work on that job. It took 3 weeks to complete, and came out beautifully.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Check the license of the person you select. You would be surprised at the number of people using false or suspended licenses, especially on Craigslist.
UPDATE: A recent check found 99% of results for 'hardwood flooring' on craigslist were individuals falsely claiming to be licensed
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Because I believe that a licensed contractor is the safest investment for the consumer, I recommend that those looking for an installer become familiar with the home page of the State Licensing Board. (www.cslb.ca.gov)