My father was one of the most talented craftsmen I have ever been around. My brother and I were extremely lucky to have him teach and work with us on many of his build projects, giving us a solid foundation of skills.
Pops was never really a specialist in any particular area. He had the "jack of all trades" talent where he could tap into a variety of skill sets to help problem solve almost any issue. After his retirement from the gas piping industry, he came to work part-time for Living Stone Concrete Design. He helped get the company off the ground and on track to where we are today.
In the early years, it was only the two of us building in my girlfriend’s (now wife's) two stall suburban garage. We worked hard to refine this new concept of concrete art. Together we built countertops along with a new friendship that went far beyond just a father and son. I reflect on those uncharted days very fondly and smile, especially where I was his boss and got to correct his mistakes for a change.
Even though my father passed on in 2016, I know he shows up for an occasional shop visit. Especially, when a board is cut short of the measurement mark and it's the last one we have in stock.
Miss ya Pop!