John Bruggen builds Timber Frames. Located in Kansas, John has built frames in a number of states surrounding.
John Bruggen is quite the story teller, and we went so long that I broke this up into two parts. We discuss the timber framing process, the business, work life balance and the importance of safety. Yes, John cut off a few fingers.
Adam Drewes chats with John Chapman on this episode of the Blue Collar Voices Show about some of his experiences as a business owner, in the area of concrete work. Adam specializes in flat concrete, stamped concrete and dabbles in Nuclear Shelters.
Hello everyone listening to this episode of the Blue Collar Voices Show.
After a very, very long hiatus, the show is rolling again. The initial interruption was a move, covid, time and Internet access challenges which lead to a lull for a while, which in turn lead to a lack of priority juxtaposed with other things going on in my life. Of course, it was all MY decisions that lead to the lull.
However, I am back.
I’ve made a few minor changes to the show, formulated a game plan to promote this show, and just do a much better job. The show originally was an experiment, and I’ve realized as I continue to always evaluate my life that this show MUST, MUST, MUST be a part of my life. Otherwise, I will feel like I am not achieving a very important part of what I absolutely need to do to feel, in a word, “correct”.
I’m not sure how often an episode will come out. The frequency of shows dropping will depend significantly on the number of great candidates I find for guests, and if those candidates are up for a recording session. I have a significant list of people that have agreed to be a guest, now just need to get all these outstanding people ‘quote” on tape ‘end quote”.
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I’m pretty excited to move forwards, and I am grateful to have each and every one of you that listen and share.
I welcome feedback, so please email me!
I’ve got two guests recorded at this moment, and I am of course looking for more.
The very next show is with Adam Drewes, who operates a concrete company.
The show after that is with John Van Bruggen, who operates a Timber Frame construction company.
Here is a clip from the next episode with Adam Drewes:
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August 2022 - Relaunch - Blue Collar Voices Show - EP 28
In today’s show we are talking with Patrick Holehan.
Pat has been a practicing gunsmith for LOOOOOONG time.
His love affair with guns started as a young child. He completed 3 years of college education in gunsmithing – 2-year standard course, 3rd year more advanced.
From there, he worked a few different jobs learning and refining – and then circumstances arose where he had to make a choice.
Pats choice? Working for himself, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
The custom rifles created by Pat are from his own portfolio, with limited deviations within.
His work is not only loved because of the quality, functionality, durability, and craftsmanship – Pat creates works of art.
Pat shares knowledge and insights, and I would love to be in his shop with him showing me all of this stuff in person! Maybe someday!
In this episode, Pat and I were joined by my son, Destin. And, we started recording and just talking before the show really began. I decided it would be cool to hear a bit of that, so that is what you hear first.
Lorraine Woodwark is passionate about immigration reform, the constitution, and the rights of Americans.
Lorraine talks on the Blue Collar Voices Show to explain how Illegal “immigration” is detrimental to American workers, wages, and of course the impact on the Blue Collar workforce.
We discuss her personal experiences (Lorraine immigrated to the USA herself – legally), events she has observed, her perspective on the US Constitution, and the Constitution of each State. Lorraine is the director of “Attorneys United for a Secure America”, and is an expert in this topic of conversation.
This episode isn’t “Blue Collar” per se, but Blue Collar workers are impacted so much by illegal workers, that the information and goals undertaken by Attorney’s such as Lorraine made bringing her an easy call.
Lorraine is looking for more attorneys to help with immigration issues and defeating many issues with illegal aliens.
Lorraine can be reached at a couple of different websites:
Zdenek Ulman is a diver. He runs a successful diving business up in New York City area. Before that, he started and ran a successful construction company. Before THAT, he didn’t even live here in the US. He came to visit only, and then spent 15 years as an illegal alien – while starting and running a successful construction company.
Zdenek is a great example of Blue Collar success. Tenacity. Hard work. Craftsmanship. Job Quality. Pushing your body to perform.
In this episode, Z (that’s his nickname) talks about coming to America, starting a business (then a second, then a third business), LEARNING ENGLISH, getting out of his comfort zone to start his painting company and facing challenges head-on.
We learn how to properly pronounce his name, and some interesting stories from both his construction days, and as a diver.
Z has future plans as well.
Fascinating story, and I hope you enjoy hearing it as much as I did.
Peter Erdei builds high-quality custom pieces. And of those pieces, many of them are very high end, unique and stunning tables.
As is most destinations in life, Peter arrived at this one after experiencing many different things in life.
We talk about some of those experiences on the show.
Matter of fact, we talk about a lot of things. I talk with Peter about the long hours he puts in, how his business actually got started (a little urgency!!), getting traction to start his business, learning more about the craft of finishing, and more in-depth knowledge about wood.
We talk about constantly learning, learning from even apprentices.
We talk about where his best employees come from.
We talk about his approach to designing a table, matching design to a customer’s visual preference and usage.
Peter tells you and me about his second business – creating slabs from trees (carefully selecting just the right wood).
One of the things that come across to me is that Peter takes the finishing of the wood very seriously. He approaches this aspect with patience and fastidiousness. He is not willing to rush this aspect and builds up a multi-layered finish with multiple components.
Hang on a second, did he just say, “Walrus Oil”?
Peter wants his pieces, his tables, to be more than just something functional – he has a strong concern for creating a great environment for his customers with his work.
I asked Peter to talk about his future business goals. One of them? “To be one of the best shops in the world that creates custom pieces.”
Peter is building an apprenticeship program that includes everything from sweeping the floors to an entire shop process for getting a product out the door – including packing it.
Peter has a couple of young kids, he brings them to the shop, they like to make things.
What is something Peter thinks you should do? Choose your own destiny!
I was curious about what impact the Internet and social media had on growing his business – Peter doesn’t hesitate to talk about effect these have had on his company growth.
I absolutely recommend checking out his Instagram account. HOLY CRAP there are some amazing projects on there!