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About Jerry Hillenburg

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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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