Owner/Partner, General Manager, Furniture Maker
When did you become interested in making Furniture?
When I did my apprenticeship building kitchens, every now and then I would build some wall units and other types of furniture and I found this type of product much more rewarding. I then spent 3 years travelling and working around Australia mainly building kitchens, then 3 years around the world doing all sorts of things. When I returned I came back to Perth and saw what Gary was building and I thought that is amazing I would love to get my hands on building pieces of furniture like that….and away we went
What is your role in the business?
My role is to run the work shop, ensure that the quality of our furniture is always going to exceed our customers expectations and without fail that it will always stand up to the life time guarantee that we supply with each and every piece. I source all the timber that we use, and am in charge of all the administration including financial control, budgets, reports.
What is your training?
I did an apprenticeship in Cabinet Making. I started studying accounting though found that rather dull, so I stuck to the tools. I have done numerous courses along the way on business management and sales training.
What is your past experience before JahRoc?
Left school in Kalamunda at 15 years of age and went straight into a cabinet making apprenticeship, then spent 3 years travelling around Australia, this is were I first met Gary – in a wreckers yard in Nambour looking for parts for our old Holdens. After 3 years of travelling the world I formed a partnership with Gary in Jah-Roc Furniture.
What do you like about being part of the JahRoc team?
As it has been so long, it is a hard question to answer. I think the main thing is that you are forever growing and working out ways to deal with all the things that happen in business . It is a constant challenge, and with out the help of the whole team it would be a far less interesting or successful journey.
What keeps your passion alive for the business you run?
The main thing for me that keeps me getting up and coming to work is the amazing products we produce. We only get to see them for a very short time though I know form being in business for 27 years that the customers get to enjoy them for a much longer time. Some times I look at an amazing piece of timber that I have tracked down on one of my timber hunting trips out the back of nowhere and I wonder were it will end up. Then I have a hand in turning the raw timber into a fine piece of furniture and I hear back form the girls in the gallery how much the customer loved it. That keeps the fire burning.