Wood­work ex­traor­di­naire

Jamaica Gleaner - - RURAL EXPRESS -

CHAPELTON, Claren­don: HE MAXIM, ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’ epit­o­mises Tre­mayne Simpson’s pas­sion for his craft.

This bud­ding en­trepreneur is full of life and is over­flow­ing with cre­ativ­ity and en­thu­si­asm for the artis­tic pieces which man­i­fest in his wood­work­ing trade which he took se­ri­ously nine years ago.

“I chose wood­work­ing as a ca­reer path to be­cause it’s what I love and I am con­sid­ered to be very good at it, plus it gives me an av­enue to ex­press my cre­ativ­ity and in­spire oth­ers,” he said.

“How I got into it is still a mys­tery to me, be­cause it was never something I set out to do or had on my mind. I have al­ways had a knack for mak­ing things with my hands, like fish guns, cricket bats, bow and ar­row, among other things. I am a nat­u­rally creative per­son, to the point where I had sketches of all sorts in all my pri­mary and high­school books on ev­ery other page,” he told Ru­ral Xpress.

How­ever, there was a never

TA wooden plaque of a map of Claren­don made by Tre­mayne Simpson.

end­ing thirst to fig­ur­ing out how most things work and that cu­rios­ity, he said, is what mo­ti­vated him to start a busi­ness.

Simpson said he is in­spired by reg­u­lar ev­ery­day ob­jects as well as read­ing wood­work­ing text. He told Ru­ral Xpress that he has a col­lec­tion of more than 175 dif­fer­ent texts on wood­work­ing. He makes plaques, chairs, photo frames, cup­boards and just about any other item the mind can con­ceive that can be made of wood.

A par­tic­i­pant of the Claren­don Youth in Busi­ness pro­gramme, Simpson laments that he did not Tre­mayne Simpson stands be­side some of his works of art.

PHO­TOS BY SHANIQUE SA­MUELS

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