This post about our new carpenter is late coming for a couple of reasons…
1) we have been busy, and I mean crazy busy! I have been coaching volleyball, something I have loved doing for 15 years. I am going to be giving it up after this year though as it has been extremely hard on our family with the business. While I will miss it I know it is the right decision. We had a show recently and that always causes us to be busy. A good problem to have.
2) I wanted to wait to write this post until we were 100% sure we had the right person on the bus! And we do!
Read on to find out more about Sam – our new carpenter!
In January of 2016 (the start of our third year of business) we decided we needed help with our gate orders. I called my good friend and old college roommate, Scott. Scott is a trim carpenter and loves to do builds. Scott said he would be happy to help with our gate orders and our furniture builds. It was a blessing having someone else on our team. We didn’t have enough work to keep Scott employed full time so he kept working as a contracted trim carpenter as well. In late November of 2016 Scott let us know that he was having a hard time keeping up with the demands of housing builds as well as our gate orders. We totally understood his decision to go where there was full time money in the housing industry. The great thing is that Scott is our friend so we still get to see him.
December was a very busy month for us with our normal amount of scheduled gate orders but then compounded with an unexpected amount of Christmas orders. We were slammed and went into survival mode. We made it out alive and even hosted Christmas at our house.
Finding a Carpenter
In early January of 2017 we put out a job search ad. We received several applications and interviewed 3 applicants. The first interview was Sam. We met at a coffee shop where we had reserved a conference room. His portfolio was great, his personality was very easy going, and he carried himself with confidence. I could have hired him on the spot but we wanted to honor our other interviews. One of the other interviews went fine and one the gentleman showed up drunk. Wow, that was an interesting experience for me. Cody was a huge help as he has been a manager for years and has had to hire and fire employees over his career. Interviewing others was a very new experience for me. Cody did an amazing job of navigating the interview with the drunk applicant politely and shutting down the interview quickly. So thankful he was there! The crazy stories we have from only 3.5 years of business amazes me. Not what I thought when we started our business but it has been a great journey so far!
Getting to Know Sam
If you went to our last show you saw some of Sam’s work at the show. Check out this table and benches with hairpin legs. LOVE!
And this table is a project he is working on now for us… I can’t wait to show you the final staged pictures! Our customer hasn’t even seen this photo yet! Shhh….
Much, much more to come! We will have both large and small pieces at our next show that are done by Sam. You won’t want to miss coming out to Vintage Whites Market on March 31 & April 1!
See you soon!