So I love to do wood work. I am currently working at a woodshop in my area where I build building materials. I have a passion for furniture but from what I hear people don’t like to pay the price for good furniture around here (Kansas). I haven’t ever really tried, which I know to reach a goal you have to first start it. My job now is a good one but I am rushed. Every order I get seems to have a big RUSH stamped at the top. When I work I like to put alot of pride and time into my work, making it as closely to perfect as I can make it. I don’t know if this is the place to vent but I am! My passion for woodworking started about 10 years ago when I got hired on with our local school district. I worked in the finish shop and I fixed broken furniture. Teacher and student chairs were my speacialty. I also made desk tops and whatever else came through. I usually tried to get all the “special” pieces that came through. Which wasn’t much. Well things happened and I lost my job, they later phased out my department because it is cheaper to by plastic chairs than to have the wood repaired. Most of the chairs that I worked on were over 60 years old and were still in perfect condition. I then got a job at the woodshop that I am now working at and they put me on casings. I really enjoyed it for awhile but it became repetitive. The casings that I was making were half rounds, and arches. They are nice and all but it actually started to burn me out on woodworking. I got a job offer at Precision Pattern Inc, they make furniture for Cessna mainly, but provide furniture for many other jets on the market. They made me a service tech, which basically was going out to Cessna and fitting or customizing the furniture to Cessna’s standards. I loved this job, but then Cessna called and wanted to put me in there interior department. I took that job in a heart beat. I think this was the best job that I ever had. I was on the flight line and basically worked punch lists for the customers. I actually got to work on Harrison Ford’s jet while he stood outside the plane. That was amazing in itself, he is a really good guy in person. Well I got hit by the layoffs in April and did the unemployment thing until I was on the verge of going insane with boredom. I thought I would try and hit up the woodshop again. Hoping things might have changed…..and they have. New management! He is a really good guy, he just promises more than I can handle. To the customers that is. I am back on casings but I also do louver vents and other misc. items that come through. I love what I am doing, I just like to put my best into what I do, and it is hard when my orders that I receive have been setting on his desk for 2 weeks and is now past due. Now I have to rush to get it out the door and always worry that I am taking too much time to finish up my job. They haven’t complained, and I ask him time and time again if I need to hurry. He will usually say “no”, “you are doing a good job”! Then he will come around the next day and tell me that the order I am working on is a rush item. It is quite stressful and that isn’t what I want. I want to be able to enjoy my job and put pride into my work.
One day I dream to have my own shop, it will have a show room and the front, and a shop in the back. I want customers to be able to view the building process through windows throughout the showroom. The knotty cedar floors will have little piles of sawdust for looks and the beauty of my showroom will entirgue my customers. I guess it is a dream, but one that is worth trying for….right? If anyone has suggetions on how to take my job or any insights on what I should do to relieve some of the stress of being rushed I am open to anything.
Thank you for viewing my blog, I don’t know if this is a reasonable blog, but I wanted to relieve some of the steam that has been building up and maybe find some solutions!
-- I wear sawdust for deodorant!