Daughter's turn pro (wookworker's that is)

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Project by Built2Last posted 04-05-2010 03:25 AM 6497 views 18 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my lastest and largest project yet!!
Turning my woodworking business over to my 2 daughter’s. They are in the first picture. Both are graduates of the University of Alabama, one in accounting the other in marketing and both work fulltime jobs right now.
At one time, a few years ago, we had 13 employee’s working full time building furniture. Then, partly due to health issues and partly because I wanted a change, I down-sized to just me. Last September I posted a ad on Craig’s List and when it took until December to get caught up, I offered the business to them and to my surprise, they wanted it.
It will take a while for them both to be able to leave their other jobs and build furniture full time, we are hoping that we can get it there is a year or so. They have hired one girl to work full time now and will add others as we go.
The pictures are of their first trade show and they, along with their great employee, actually built all the swings and chairs that were at the show. They worked evenings and weekends to get it done. Even though we were rained out of Sunday, the show was still a sucess. Sold a few items at the show, took some orders and with the 800 business cards they handed out, orders are coming in a regular basic. Once we get the wholesale end going and start shipping (which I didn’t do before), they should be well on their way.

ps: while they were growing up they hated working at Dad’s shop!! What a differance a few years make. It’s been a long time since I have saw either of them smile so much and be so happy!! Especially at the show, they felt like they were back home.

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 03:27 AM

is she a certified master craftsman? she has my dream job!

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 03:28 AM

Amazing, I wish them great success, looks like you should be proud!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 03:34 AM

I love success stories!!

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 03:51 AM

I wish all of you the best of everything! Quality always sells.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 04:23 AM

Best wishes to you and also them in the future of their new business.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 04-05-2010 04:27 AM

That is very cool. I worked with my Dad for a few years before he died and I really treasure those few years. I’m sure that helping to get your daughters rolling and mentoring them in business will be a joy for you and for them.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 04-05-2010 04:28 AM

best of luck ,

with all those skills ,

you should go far !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 04:38 AM

Good luck to them! :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 05:19 AM

You are a lucky man my friend. Having your children follow through on you passion is a blessing. I suspect that they will quite successful.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 04-05-2010 05:48 AM

You should be so proud. I don’t have to drag my kids out to my shop yet but I’ll be the time is coming. I hope at least one of my kids enjoys wood working.

Thanks for sharing your story and all the photos.

I also sell Adirondacks on craigs in the phoenix area. I am curious how much you sell yours for?


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#11 posted 04-05-2010 05:56 AM

Your title is tooo funny ! Congratulations to all of you : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 04-05-2010 06:16 AM

Congratulations to all 3 of you. What a great story.

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#13 posted 04-05-2010 07:37 AM

congradulations to you for building a business that could be passed down to another generation. God Bless and good luck with the business.

-- Change begins somewhere, let it begin with me.

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#14 posted 04-05-2010 09:02 AM

A big congratulations.

That is awesome to see them caring on a tradition that will become a legacy. And, they have you to pass on knowledge and guidance.

-- Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.

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#15 posted 04-05-2010 09:43 AM

Congratulations to each of you. I wish them tremendous success in carrying on this family business.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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