Today we’d like to introduce you to Gavin Horton.
Hi Gavin, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
Where do I even start with this there is so much to talk about! I got started about six years ago thanks to my Grandpa Wayne. He was into woodworking as just something fun to do, we did little projects like birdhouses, walking sticks, and other small things around the house. That is where it all started from the very beginning he taught me almost everything I know from the really basic projects we did. Since his passing in 2018 I have completely taken over his shop. It looks absolutely nothing like it did six years ago.
I am only nineteen and If you would have told me six years ago this is where I would be today I wouldn’t have believed you one single bit. I’m just a one-man show, I’m the estimator, builder, painter, installer the whole nine yards I’m the only one that touches these pieces. It’s a pretty cool feeling to stand back at the very end and be like “yep I built that”. It’s awesome to see how far I have come from upgrading tools, now having a 5×10 CNC, to traveling to Illinois to install and deliver my work! I wouldn’t have it any other way! I know Grandpa is extremely proud of how far I have come from building birdhouses to built-ins and furniture! Gotta start somewhere though.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wouldn’t say it’s been extremely smooth but I wouldn’t say it was a super rocky road. Every business has its bumps in the road it’s just something you have to learn to deal with. Nothing is easy in life just something you gotta work for! Your gonna have good and bad days no matter what you do it’s just part of the business.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
We specialize in custom cabinetry and furniture but have done a lot more random things. None of my pieces is something you can drive down to IKEA and pick up. Everything I do is made to fit the customer’s needs and wants no matter what it is. I only use hardwoods such as oak and maple. All of my cabinet boxes are 3/4 ply and built to last. You can’t even compare it to something at a big box store.
Only the best finishes are used. I’m not into cheap materials that will only last a couple of months. I have way too much pride in what I do to cheap out on things. If you dream it I can build it. I’m in this to fit my customer’s needs and make them something that will last a lifetime!
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
In the next 5-10 years I see myself expanding the shop to allow for more equipment such as a bigger CNC machine. This would allow for bigger project builds and a quicker turn around. I definitely see the business growing but I am a one man show!
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