I was a cabinet maker for a good forty years! You guys should feel my hands. They’re all calloused and rough. If I had a dollar for every time I sliced my hand open or nearly cut a finger off, I’d be rich and not need to work another day in my life. I think the truth of the matter is that I’m a workaholic who loves working. Now that I’ve officially retired from working as a cabinet maker, I still find myself building cabinets in my free time. I think a big part of it is because cabinet making is all I’ve done for so many years now it’s what I know to do best. Even though I’m technically retired, I will probably still make things on commission for other people from time to time. I absolutely can’t resist visiting Cheltenham’s best hardware shop each weekend. The stock hardly changes and there is rarely anything new to look at but for some reason, I love going. I can spend hours in a hardware store just walking through the aisles and looking at all the tools and bits of timber. Tools have definitely come a long way since I first started. A lot of things are powered by electricity and do wonders to make the job a lot more efficient.
This shift in technology has really started to grab my interest. I’ve noticed I’m starting to pay a lot more attention to electrical supplies. Cheltenham electricians have really hit the gold mine when it comes to tools as there are so many shops in this area that stock some of the best supplies. I remember going through a few tough years with my boss a few years ago and was considering moving from cabinet making to becoming an electrician but that would’ve involved becoming an apprentice again. No middle-aged male with kids in high school suddenly wants to become a student again. I’m personally glad I stuck to cabinet making. My boss ended up leaving and I ended up taking his place.