After losing job, Rumford male turns hobby into successful business
February 3, 2016 - accent chair
A Maine male has incited bad happening into a event of a lifetime by formulating a successful woodworking business.
Ralph Whalen is branch out renouned pieces of woodwork inside his Rumford workshop.
“I can’t stop operative in timber now. It’s in my blood,” Whalen said.
Despite his passion, Whalen pronounced he never designed to make woodworking his full-time profession.
That altered when Whalen was laid off as a bureau machinist, a pursuit he had for 30 years.
“When we got laid off we pronounced to my wife, ‘I’m going to do woodworking,’ and she suspicion we was crazy, and it turns out we am crazy, though we adore this job,” Whalen said.
Inside his workshop, Whalen Woodworking, he works on woods, including Maine maple, hunger and oak. Whalen also works with outlandish woods alien from around a world.
“When we get a South American timber that only has so many heated tone to it and grain, it only exemplifies what you’re making. It adds an accent,” Whalen said.
Whalen’s designs operation from critical to whimsical. Among his many renouned sellers are what he calls “animalized Adirondacks.”
He also takes suggestions from customers.
“I did get a ask for a drifting gorilla from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as a chair. we haven’t done that one yet,” Whalen said.
Whalen pronounced he never intends go to behind to his aged pursuit as a machinist.
“Go shake a tree somewhere else, since I’m not going. I’m staying right here,” Whalen said.
Whalen also binds woodworking classes during his emporium each Saturday afternoon.