“They let us have all the old contacts – it was like winning the lottery!”

I’m the co-owner and co-director of Grange Joinery, specializing in high-end cabinetry and joinery.

I dropped out of school when I was 15, it wasn’t for me. I was good with my hands though, loved working on cars, building pergolas and such. My dad was a bank manager, but he was keen for me to become a tradie. You see, when he was younger, he wanted to be a plumber, but his dad made him get a ‘suit’ job. I suppose he wanted me to realize that potential for both of us.

After a brief stint in a building apprenticeship that didn’t work out, I sent letters to about 50 cabinet making companies. Out of the five that replied, I picked one, went to see them and started work the next day. I did my apprenticeship there for four years. Continue reading