|Workshop by George Coles||posted 09-16-2011 05:39 AM||1865 reads||0 times favorited||8 comments|
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I am what I call semi retired. I was retired, hurt my back, but had to do something. As building water treatment plants is quite strenuous even as an engineer, I decided to take up my hobby again and make furniture. Like a lot of others, I made pieces for myself (actually for the wife) and then for family and friends. No money there, so I started making pieces on commission in Perth, Western Australia. This grew into a small business with 3-4 employees. I shut the business down and moved to Manila in the Philippines when my wife was transferred by her company there.
After building us a home to live in, I started to make furniture again. I now have 4 people working for me again. We specialize in making commissioned pieces from recycled lumber. For people who do not know the woods of the Philippines, we have a huge variety of hardwoods to very soft woods. The color and grain is something to die for.
My workshop is the ground floor of my house so it is very easy to go to work each day. When I moved to the Philippines, I shipped several of my machines. The chain/chisel motorizer shown is a family heirloom, so I could not leave it behind.
-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines