About Jerry Hillenburg
- My school teacher dad had five boys with me being the fourth. To supplement his income, Dad always built a "spec" house during summer break - my brothers and I were his crew. At the tender age of four, I was in charge of building roads in the mason's sandpile for a little 1950 Ford truck that was just like Dad's big one! I eventually graduated into more challenging roles and in 1971 at the age of 20, I started Jerry Hillenburg & Co. as a finish carpenter contractor. I changed my focus to custom cabinetmaking in 1976.
Good employees require steady work or they will go elsewhere. To keep my employees busy during slow times, I used them to maintain and upgrade a few investment properties and a farm I purchased over the years. This was not easy, and many times I questioned my sanity, but I retired at age 50 and our modest lifestyle is now funded by these properties. I kept the physical size of my shop small so I could afford to keep it when retired. It gives me a place to mess around and a facility for use as a maintenance building. I still work, but I do what I want to do when I want to do it.
With this bio, you probably think I know everything about woodworking. It is true, I know a little, but at 61 have come to understand how little I know about anything. I hope to build on what little I know in this forum.
- Martinsville Indiana
- Woodworking. Working on my 156 acre farm. Setting outside on my shop's cement pad, watching cars go by and just thinking.
- Retired cabinetmaker, Jerry Hillenburg & Co.
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