Jane Hollis has requested some new kitchen furniture for their home in Spalding.
As her partner Nick Parkman is a professional furniture maker, her chances are probably... pretty low, to be frank.
The old adage about the plumber being the person most likely to have a dripping tap at home probably applies just as much to carpenters, particularly if they are in the throes of building up a new business.
Nick started NAP Woodcraft in a unit at The Flaxmill in Pinchbeck last year.
After almost a lifetime of working with wood purely as a hobby, he finally decided to take the plunge and see if he could make it work as a business.
It’s early days, but Nick says: “It’s great. I feel much more relaxed, and not quite so stressed. I get to work with wood all the time now rather than just when I have time after work.”
The unit is a perfect workshop for Nick, offering him space for his tools and equipment as well as somewhere to display items he has already made – and to store pieces that have been brought to him for repair.
It was wood’s natural warmth to the touch and smell that first appealed to Nick during woodwork lessons at school in Peterborough. After school he continued to work with wood as a hobby, doing wood turning and making toys when his children were small.
During his working life he has had lots of different jobs, starting as a hotel chef, doing factory work before going into the pub catering trade. He was a pub manager for a few years as well as a drayman.
A few years ago, Nick moved to this area, met his partner Jane, and they have lived in Spalding ever since, both working at Bakkavor until Nick’s move into self-employment.
It was while Nick was working in the stores for Bakkavor that he found the workshop, somewhere he could pursue his hobby.
However, some years ago Nick gained a City & Guilds in Furniture Making, attending college three days a week while he was working evening shifts for Whitbread.
He says: “It was just I enjoyed making furniture, and anything out of wood really. At that time I did think I’d like to go into that as a full-time thing, but there were no jobs about for furniture makers.”
Nick had a short spell working for a doors and windows maker in Bourne, but working for himself is giving him the opportunity to show customers where his true woodworking talents lie, in bespoke furniture, rocking horses and other toys and wood items.
Contact him on 07956 039347, email NAPWoodcraft@outlook.com or find him on Facebook.