From there, we went with Tim to his “design/build” guy’s shop. There we saw a crew assembling hand-made table tops, finish coating them, screen printing on the table tops and assembling them. My son, who is a big fan of all things relating to wood-craft and a budding blacksmith, loved seeing the process and the skills employed in this small, completely out-of-the-way shop in Cedarburg. It was very cool.
From there, we went out to Jackson to visit Infinity EDM. Mind you, while Infinity EDM is a longstanding Client of ours, I wasn’t there on business. Nope. We were there to pick up a block of scrap steel for Junior to use as an anvil. That’s correct: an anvil. As I mentioned, Junior is serious about blacksmithing. Rich (the owner) and Wendy (his Right Hand) were kind enough to support his endeavor by offering up the steel block.
While we were there, Matt and I got the tour of their building. Along the way, Rich showed us all of their machines, walking one to the next. We learned about wire cutting and small hole drilling. We got to see the machines in action, with spools of wires cutting into massive blocks of metal in vats of water. Along the way, I told Matt that the first time I met with Rich, they were in a different, much smaller building. This new building was built some 4 years ago. Then, Rich got wide-eyed and said, “check this out”. We walked over to the last machine and peered into a new expansion. This new space (which looked to at least double the shop in size) was darn near complete. Once again, tradesmen were at work doing all manner of finish work.
On the ride home, Matt and I discussed what a cool small tour we had taken. Of course, as a dad, I couldn’t pass up the Golden Opportunity to reinforce the concepts of Discipline, Hard Work, Willingness to take Prudent Risks, Human Ingenuity, and that precious little on this Earth is free.
Boy, this is a lot more long-winded of a post than I intended. But I’ll finish off with this…
There is beauty in discipline and hard work and creativity of risk-taking entrepreneurs who have given it their all for decades with no guarantees. It is inspirational to say the least to people like me. And if we are lucky, Junior and his generation will also think so.