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I came into construction under my great-grandfather, grandfather, and father. These were all strong willed opinionated, highly skilled men that worked by their own rules.There was a vast amount of freedom and individuality in the trades. These men didn't fit into a time schedule or corporate mentality. They would climb off the scaffolds at lunch and read the paper while having a beer and eating fresh meats and vegetables. It was precisely this rugged individualistic craftsmanship that made it so difficult for Ford to find workers willing to endure the mundane work of the assembly line that offered no personal pride in the product being created. 

These men inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I was on the job-sites as a child and learned to admire the character, and honest integrity of these men that judged themselves more harshly than any other dared to. Tools could be left out for days and they would still be there when you returned. You never had to justify yourself to another because everyone knew that you were a person to be trusted and relied upon. 

The very thought of bringing a child to the job-site will bring lawyers and insurers running from every corner of the woodwork. The idea of setting your own work schedules based upon your own desire to complete a project or the commitment of a handshake will cause coronary distress for college educated managers that exist to complete the paperwork and submit the reports electronically 5 minutes before deadline. The climate has changed and like the dinosaur the true individualistic craftsman is becoming as extinct as the concept of honor and personal responsibility.

Brad Kerley

JD Knight

Guild Log and Timber

www.GuildLogandTimber.com

https://www.facebook.com/GuildLogandTimber

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Comment by Tim Bullock on October 29, 2014 at 7:26pm

JD, I am extremely busy also and have no concern for myself.....so many of my friends in this industry have given up or gone bankrupt and I was merely lamenting my concern for them. There was a day when people searched out craftsmen and made personal connections for a truly personal "home" as this is likely the biggest purchase of ones' life. No longer, it is the bigger marketing campaign, the bells and whistles and model homes that sell and quality is being left by the wayside. I don't doubt that you build quality homes but does anyone really care that their floor joists are 1/240 or 1/360 in terms of deflection? Quality costs money and I don't see that reflected in the marketplace....BUT the Caveat being that most people have no clue and trust is being lost too!

Be safe,

Tim Bullock

 

Comment by Guild Log and Timber on October 28, 2014 at 9:55pm

Tim,

I am not Brad. My name is JD. I just reposted the comment he did about a year ago. It was just something that I really liked.

I have never gotten a job on one of the forums ever. I use it mostly for SEO.  Most of the people on here are do it your selfers.

I have been so busy that I am booked until the middle of next year and I have a very extensive group of subs. Between my comercial , residential and restoration services I am spread so thin it makes me physically ill. I have learned over the years how to weed out those strokes that dont want to pay for quality , with just a few questions. Focus more on your marketing and sheer numbers will produce the desirable clients, if your craftsmanship is there, (it sounds like thats the case, with as many years as you have under your belt) . I know so many old dogs that are awesome craftsman but fall way short on sales. People want to always portray sales as some kind of subpar skill. Your either born with it or your not. Most C.EO.'s are just glorified salesmen.

Comment by Tim Bullock on October 28, 2014 at 7:09pm

Brad, I have thought about your blog all day and would suggest that the better question might be: "Where have all of the clients gone?"....Not disparaging anyone on this site but if you follow the forums over time I would suggest that very few actually build a log home and of these most are focused on price. I have doing this for 35 years and the craftsmen are still there (although long in the tooth) but are working in warehouses or iron mines or driving trucks or whatever. I appreciate that price is important as noone wants to waste their money but the appreciation for craftsmanship and the accompanying costs are irrelevant anymore. My 3 cents worth.

Comment by Colorado Log Home Finishing on October 22, 2014 at 9:46pm
Well spoken
Comment by James W. Harbin on October 8, 2014 at 1:40pm
Hey J.D.,Keep the Faith and do good work. That's the key to success.

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