Jim: The Boss, at
age 51, Jim has been in the
drywall business since 1986. He has prior experience
in construction as a carpenter working for some
builders. After moving into the drywall trade he
then learned plaster and stucco from Ralph in 1992.
Due to a lung disease he had to stop drywall for a
few years in the late 90's, during this time he
worked in construction sales, learning to read
blueprints doing material estimates for builders.
During this period he also worked in ceramic tile
for 2 years applying and expanding upon the skills
used to install plaster. Jim returned to full time
self employment doing plaster repair, drywall and
other handyman work including ceramic tile,
painting, trim carpentry, minor plumbing repairs,
minor electrical, and other miscellaneous home
Ralph: The Old Man, Ralph began work in the plaster trade
at age 14 in about 1948. He first appeared on our job in 1989; 2
years after a fall that left him partially paralyzed from a
broken neck. With bones fused in his neck, he had limited
mobility, and limited use of his arms, but he was too tough to
quit. He helped with the lower portion of the walls, on
drywall and plaster (when we could keep him off the scaffolds).
Most importantly he was a wealth of knowledge and experience.
It is with deep regret that we announce the
passing of Ralph in November, 2006. His talents, knowledge, and
most of all his friendship, are greatly missed.
Robin: Skilled painter, carpenter, and best attitude you could
ask for (also the boss's daughter).
Robin is a full time employee and
graduate student at Michigan Tech, where she is continuing her
studies in Wetlands Restoration