Time has come in our journey to recognise the tradies and labourers.
My husband Ryan is an Electrician, and I am a Business, Systems and Process person. I’m not afraid of manual labour, and I’ve dabbled in blue collar work during my time as a Labour Hire Recruitment Consultant. I worked as a labourer, process line operator, storeroom hand etc. so that I had a better idea of what I was recruiting for and what the jobs entailed. I know how to change a tire if I have a flat and I can solder dry joints on electronic boards due to my time working with my dad.
A New Skill
After embarking on this tiny house build, I can now add Tradie Assistant that is proficient – scratch that – can operate (sometimes requiring assistance) a nail gun, drop saw, router, trimmer, square, hand sander, belt sander, drill, impact driver which looks like a drill but apparently very different etc.
I can tell you I do have a new or increased appreciation for the men and women in my life involved in trades and using their hands in their jobs.
Ryan and I are opposites in many ways. Our jobs, our traits, our home towns and our upbringing. He’s from Far North Queensland and a very cool cucumber. He’s relaxed, chilled and very personable. I’m a Sydney girl and am highly organised and value efficiency. I have learned to be a bit more flexible and relaxed having Ryan by my side.
We used to sometimes feel that somehow each of our daily jobs was harder than the other. We use to have arguments about who’s day was harder – him being on his feet all day and me having my mind explode with some new complexity I was dealing with at the office.
This house build has further opened my eyes to how talented my hubby is and all those other tradies and their amazing skills on their tools.
There are some things they do, things that are almost inherent to them. It’s in their fibre and very being. It is something that isn’t even questioned like attaching a drill piece and using the trigger to tighten the chuck or just knowing when something needs to be counter synced whether to screw or nail or what bloody silicone to use.
Tradies ability to look at a plan, measure, cut and bring it together and make it look easy amazes me when my own head is struggling on where to start and how to tackle the project. These guys are 10 steps ahead of me and waiting for me to catch on.
While they wait for me to catch on, they are being kind and patient and stall progress to teach me. They help me feel like I am part of the process and not a hindrance. There have been a few jokes and laughs at the realisations that maybe I don’t know it all and this is what they do. There’s so much intelligence and complexity to these trades and roles working with your hands that I never imagined.
So, this blog goes out to all trades and the work they do with their hands, and specifically the men that have helped us by contributing they’re intricate know how to build our tiny. You know who you are!
Thank you, we (I) love you and think you are amazing xxx.
In my next post I will talk a little bit more of one of these people that is artistic and works with their hands and cover the round windows in more detail and how we made them with assistance from Alex Oakley from Captive Creations using this video and remote guidance…
Thank you for being part of this community, and I look forward to updating you again soon. If you would like to read about our story from the beginning click here.
Sal, Ryno, R & I.