What do you love about your job?
After a career in public administration, I had an opportunity to take early retirement and do something creative with my hands. It is very satisfying. I started making window cornices (wood valances) and began having inquiries for furniture. Fifteen years later, I'm still at it enjoying the freedom provided by self-employment and the satisfaction of creating something that lasts.
What or who inspired you to start your own business?
When I arrived in West Virginia following retirement at age 50, I went into business with someone who I later found out was not reporting much of the income for tax purposes. We ended the relationship. As a result, I had no place to work from. A man named Mac heard about my situation and handed me the keys to his workshop telling me to come and go as I pleased. It gave me the start I needed and led largely to my success in the early days.
Describe your most memorable project.
I received an order for a walnut bed for a customer in CA. After successfully completing the project, the shipping company destroyed the bed returning it to me with forklift tracks across the headboard. I wound up making the bed a second time and received a second order for nightstands to match. Yes, the shipper paid for the first one.