Where to start? At the beginning I suppose.
Well, not the very beginning as that would entail going all the way back to a rather dreary wet Tuesday afternoon (and it was, I’ve checked) in an equally dreary and dank tenement building in Glasgow in 1968. For you dear reader I think perhaps that that may be a little too far and not very interesting and it would also be definitely far off the mark, as far as the subject of this tome to come is concerned, as could be.
So, I guess I will begin shortly after a rather surreal period in my life where having been a successful (by most standards) contractor to several global IT companies with a pretty decent income and a decent enough shared flat with a flat-mate whom it turned out was far far from normal, I found myself unemployed and homeless. Living in a tent, bought during better times and living out of an old military backpack in a wood in the local park that had been near my home in Aberdeen.
It was shortly after this that I met a young lady and we hit it off. And seeing as she lived in Edinburgh, we decided that it was much easier for me to move to her than for her to move to me. So I did. And this is really the beginning of our story.
I moved to Edinburgh once again in 2012 and found it very difficult to find work. I was over qualified to be considered for most of the jobs available even though I did apply and in my covering letter stated that the job was exactly what I was looking for. But I guess I wasn’t what they were looking for, ah well such is life. I also found myself in the rather strange position of being told that as ii was now living with someone that I was not eligible for any state benefits of any kind at all. So for the next 18 months I continued to apply for every job that I could but to no avail.
I have always been an advocate of what is now the rather trendy term of up-cycling. Usually using found new and skip (dumpster – for our American cousins) rescued old wood for what has been for me over the years a very enjoyable hobby. This of course being woodwork of all kinds. I am also an environmentally aware type of person (but definitely not a hippy) and for as long as I can remember been a fan of the Self-sufficiency Movement. I have however in the past been remiss in my attitude to saving the planet at times and have used the products of the modern technological world in both my career and my personal life.
It was while doing up the flat, as we say here in the UK, that I hit upon the idea that as I can’t seem to find any work that I should go into business for myself. Now initially the idea was to just be a handyman. But then I hit upon the idea of combining what I know about IT, home electronics hardware, my hobby of working with wood and the current realisation by the general public that we do indeed have to, if not must be better caretakers of our planet into one homogenous whole.
Thus The Tinkers Apprentice was born. A manufactory in the true old sense of hand made wooden computers, their peripherals and home entertainment systems using new and recycled materials, built to the highest of standards. Where we use refurbished or salvaged hand tools and equipment to repurpose discarded waste wood into usable and beautiful heirloom examples of modern technology.