Designer, Furniture Maker (Episode 87)
If you like to create, design and build
things, this next career might be just for you. Let’s meet a furniture designer and builder. Hi.
Hey. I’m Brian.
Hi, Brian. Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you.
Yeah. So, you want to look around? I’ll just show you the place.
Please, yeah. Okay.
Let’s do it. I’m Judson Beaumont. I’m an artist, designer, furniture maker. My typical day—every day is Monday for me— check the emails and then I start to draw. I’ll draw for a good hour. Then the next thing I’ve got
to do is, I got to go and meet clients. I set up appointments, I’ll go to their
house, I’ll bring my sketch pad, we’ll sit and talk and they’ll tell me what they’re looking for. So, while I’m working, I’m in the shop. It’s quiet and I’m doing, I’m laying on all my wood. I’m double-checking that, you know,
I’ve got enough materials. Okay, start it up. There you go. Just cut just near the line all the way across there. Okay.
Now, be careful. Keep your hands away. This will probably do all our curves
and all of our unusual shapes, which always start with the band saw. Okay, just shut her off there. Okay, come with me.
Beautiful. I think the best thing first to do is to work
with an old guy like me. And kind of shadow him and learn from him and do, you know, like an internship,
and then hopefully get hired. Um, the other way to, with that is also go
to the BCIT program. It’s called the Benchwork and Joinery Program,
which is really, really good. When you’re starting out, you’re—if you’ve got the time and you’ve got the energy, put as much time in as you can. There’s no question about it. This is not a—this isn’t a nine-to-five kind of way of doing a thing—it’s a way of life. A career in woodworking can take you in all kinds
of different directions. That’s another thing I didn’t realize when I started. There’s display work. There’s tradeshow work. There’s storefronts. There’s offices. There’s wall pieces, signage. Oh, man, it’s, it’s endless what you can do with a piece of wood. You have to be careful with your hands, for sure… as far as drawing and sanding. I create pieces for my clients
that they’ll live with for a long time. It’s not just a temporary, like a couple of years. These are heirlooms that will be
in their homes for a long period of time. so I try to—each piece I make I want it to
be timeless and unique and I think that’s what I’m trying to do. You never stop learning—it’s woodworking
and design and creativity—is endless. The potential with it is you can start off
small, you can learn a trade, maybe work with a small company, work your way up,
get your confidence with that, um, and then you can start your own business. You know,
being an entrepreneur, you know, coming up with your own designs. That’s one idea. Other idea. Other one is to run a larger factory. There’s lots of mass production factories that need talented people to run these machines. You CNC, computer pneumatic controlled machines. Um, really, when you get into this kind of field
it’s, it’s really, it’s endless. The possibilities are endless. I see a lot of young guys starting out and, and I try to give them advice and the first thing you got to be careful of is your overhead, as they say. You don’t need every power tool under the sun. You don’t really. I mean, I’ve got the same
tools everybody as else: a jigsaw, a table saw, a couple of routers, some sandpaper. You don’t need to
overcomplicate things. Keep it simple. Keep it clean and neat because you’ve, I’ve seen so many guys get wrapped up and buying every tool under the sun and they
got the shop full of tools, but no work. The key is finding the work. Sure, and no matter what, at the end of the day, as long as you think that you’re making something that somebody else was happy with, that’s… Well, that’s the ultimate. From start to finish, you build something you deliver it, they’re happy, they give
you, you know, you get paid, you go home. It’s, it’s a really good feeling. For me, to coming up with a good design, coming up with a brand new, original, unique Judson
Beaumont thing—that’s my adrenaline rush. Thank you very much for showing
me around. I had a great time. Thanks for having me. Take care.
Appreciate it. Once again, I’m Brian for Career Trek, reminding you that this career could be yours. See you next time.