So, the exit from driving Kamloops' Transit buses happened, the travel back to the UK to visit mum in Bristol happened, and now the big leap towards setting up a little business has also happened.
Widewanderer is now officially trading in Kamloops, and although we've only turned over about $400 so far, the future holds all sorts of prospects. What am I doing? Answer, Imaging and Picture Framing, Digital Photography and the like. See my “Picture Framing” page for more details.
It's been a rather slower process than I would have liked, but we got there in the end. I went to a local pro framer in town, Cheetie by name, and she did a fabulous job of getting me started with basic framing skills – matte cutting with all the little extras, handling frames, metal and wood, glazing, equipment, even computer software for managing a framing business.
In the meantime, I bought a little modular house in the Westsyde district of town, with a lovely little addition on the side which has become my very own workshop. And a trawl through the classified ad sites like Kijiji lead me to some great deals on liquidated equipment and stock – Steve in Invermere provided me with all the “capital” equipment for less than a quarter of what it would have cost brand new, whilst Bill in Vernon sold me all his pre-made frames and raw moulding; instantly saleable stock!
Lord knows how much raw material I have mucked up – it's bound to happen in the early days – but the finished products are now coming out in decent shape. You know the scenario – I get a great piece of glass installed and the piece carefully put aside… The next day I see a little tweak that I've just GOT to do, and CRACK! The glass has split in twain. The expletive could be heard in Vancouver! It's all a big learning curve…
So, the artist is getting quite a buzz from his work. For your pleasure and delectation, some photos of the first finished pieces. Nothing like blowing one's own trumpet, eh?