I graduated High School 1970 and immediately joined the union as an apprentice carpenter. I completed four years of night school while working as an apprentice. They taught us everything from survey to turn key including Trim, electrical and Cabinetry. We had homework and weekly tests it was very difficult to complete, the apprenticeship program ended shortly after we finished.
WHY? Because 1975 was a large scale Detroit Auto Workers lay off, the SouthFlorida Carpenters Union couldn’t keep up with demands so they invited auto workers and sold them a Journeymans Carpenter Card for $350.00 each then told them to come to OUR class to “Freshen Up” a couple nights. Men from Michigan that never drove a nail or cut a board in their life were now Journeymen and expected us properly schooled and trained Apprentices to “Show Them The Ropes”. Union quality work sunk to an all time low and lost after that, it fizzled away here. Many from my class graduated and went on to build custom homes where we could use our talents as any one of us were able to get a set of plans, lay out a house with strings, stakes, sledgehammers, shovels and take it through completion.
Through all these years I have never had trouble finding work until mid 2008 when people set back to see what the election would produce, at the time I was making a comfortable enough living to do as I pleased, excellent credit and was saving money. Since then I used all my credit trying to stay afloat waiting for people to start building again, lost my house of twenty years, my 2006 F-250 4×4 work truck, motorcycle, guns, and everything else I ever had, now driving a rusty old Suburban still waiting for work to resume.
What can I do? Carpentry, Paint, Mechanics, Stereo, Electric, Gun Smithing, Plumbing, basic computer skills to name a few. I can mentor Old School Carpenter skills to someone willing to learn. I can design furniture, work benches, safe rooms, bomb shelters, vaults, hidden rooms for storage of your valuables, sky’s the limit. Browse through my menu to see some of my ability’s.