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General Discussion / Re: Pleats in car seat?
« on: January 31, 2012, 07:27:12 PM »
Looks great from here. Nice job! Cool car too btw. Happened to watch The Bourne Identity for the umpteenth time last night. Purty bad a$$ Morris in the car chase scene ...?

General Discussion / Re: simple tips for canvas people
« on: January 28, 2012, 08:40:31 PM »
I'm thinking maybe this isn't the best method, but it works for me.
Works for me too. Why pattern when ya can use a blank?

General Discussion / Re: What I saw in the Marina today....
« on: January 27, 2012, 10:57:32 PM »
Dating myself but Tinkerbelle is a great story too. No not the Disney fairy. The 13ft sailboat that crossed the Atlantic back in '65. I 'member we had a cat named after her ...

General Discussion / Re: Con-artists Give Upholstery a Bad Wrap
« on: January 27, 2012, 10:20:17 PM »
You ain't seen nothing. FL is the retched refuge for con artists & fly by nighters. Name your profession.

For example 'Blue Water Marine' set up shop nearby bout 9 mos ago. Don specialized in replacing broken outboard parts with not quite yet broken outboard parts. And charging the customer for new, naturally.

I pegged him from day one and always had cash in hand before I did any canvas work. He came close to burning Beth on a cushion job once but thankfully she wized up in time.

Last time I checked the dude was in jail for passing bad checks.

I dunno but reckon I just don't understand how the CSers continue to get away with it. In my business I strive to deliver the highest quality product, customer service, etc. And if I'm lucky make a couple bucks? These aholes have a whole different mindset & make us all look bad.

General Discussion / Re: I love this quote
« on: January 27, 2012, 08:54:49 PM »
Ya you gotta wear a lotta hats being in any business for yourself. But ya learn as ya go. Don't trade it for anything.

Not sure a car interior is the 'most complicated product you can design'. Pales in comparison to say, the artificial heart. But if he says so ...

I have a very simple list of design requirements for my vehicle(s):

1) Should run decently and not burn, or leak, too much oil and/or gas

2) Doors and windows should fully open & close

3) No more than one bald tire at any given time

4) Holes in floor large enough to accept a cigarette butt but not so big a beer bottle could pass through ...


Driving used to be what one did to get from point A to B. Nowadays thanks to marketing it's known as a driving 'experience'? An 'event' I suppose they'd call it. Dunno bout y'all but I'd prefer my driving experience to be uneventful?

But I digress ...

General Discussion / Re: What I saw in the Marina today....
« on: January 27, 2012, 07:05:45 PM »
Yikes! Nah, not for me. Remember my Dad going through a brief sailing phase when I was growing up. Thankfully he got better ...

General Discussion / Re: Estimating fabric
« on: January 26, 2012, 11:43:21 PM »
After effing up umpteen times. Nowadays I go in heavy. Always round up & order a lil extra?

General Discussion / Re: How long do you plan to work?
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:31:45 PM »
I have a smoking hot half Portugese, half Irish ex wife. But I digress.

I'll probly continue to work for as long as I'm physically able. The origional owner of my shop worked up until he fell off a few boats. Reckon that'd probly do it for me too ...

General Discussion / Re: DIY Dodger
« on: January 21, 2012, 09:56:00 PM »
Yeah that's really ... something. But in all fairness I'd like to see it on the boat before I pass judgement.

Imo blow boaters are a silly bunch. No offense! We in the canvas & cushion business 'round here have a saying about them: "The wind's free so why shouldn't everything else be?"

General Discussion / Re: How long do you plan to work?
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:44:23 PM »
Well, at this stage of the economic game I'll probly wind up workin til I croak. Retirement? Pfft ...
about 4 years ago I was asked to do some work after a  canvas guy  dropped dead in his living room.
That will be me also
Would that've been Bruce in N. Port? Ya that was a shocker Mike. Big strong dude like that dead before he hit the ground. Aneurism/stroke wasn't it?

General Discussion / Re: How long do you plan to work?
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:09:33 PM »
Well, at this stage of the economic game I'll probly wind up workin til I croak. Retirement? Pfft ...

General Discussion / Re: What you used to do for a living??
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:54:48 PM »
I wanted to be a male stripper, but I failed the written test. :D
My Grandparents were upholsterers. My parents were upholsterers.
My fate was sealed.  ;)
There's a written test? Alls I had to do was pass the physical test, with flying colors I might add ...  Ah well don't feel so bad SD. There are worse fates.

Always wished my family had been in business, specially after going into business myself ...  But they were too smart. Mom is an RN & Dad was a college professor. Granpappy Jack was an engineer @ GE for 30yrs. Gramma Dottie was a partier.

Great thread!

General Discussion / Re: What you used to do for a living??
« on: January 20, 2012, 06:24:12 PM »
Sure ya got enough time?

First real job in addition to paper routes and cutting lawns was busing tables in Miami at the ripe old age of 13. I remember my salary was $1.50 an hour plus tips. Worked in restaurants & a 15 min oil change joint & then a hardware store throughout high school & college. Did well in school & got a Crim Justice degree from Buff State. After a brief stint in law enforcement decided I didn't want to be a cop. No offense!

During the 23 yrs between then and buying the canvas studio in 2004 I've done just about anything you can imagine:

Roofing & siding

Warehouse supervisor

Apprentice plumber

Popcorn machine repairman

Apartment complex superintendent

Nursing home maintenance supervisor

Painter of hardwood cabinets

Postal service employee

Head mechanic @ 36 hole country club

Painter specializing in faux finishes: marbling, faux wood grain, etc.

Which leads us to the present. Was painting with/for the guy who owned the shop next to where the canvas shop er, studio, is. Eddie got sick with Crohns(sp?) disease which eventually killed him. And he didn't trust anybody else to be the lead man so work was sporadic.

The previous owner of my studio stuck his head around the corner one day & asked if I knew anybody that wanted to buy a canvas shop. I said I dunno, how much? Should mention that I'd recently divorced and made out purty well. My ex didn't want anything more than the furniture, TV, and the new(er) pick-up. I figgered that was a heckuva deal?

So anyway yanked some equity outa my house & next thing ya know I was the proud new owner of a canvas and cushion business. Regardless of the fact I'd never sat behind a sewing machine in my life, had no business skills, etc. Figgered what the heck ...?


General Discussion / Re: I Need Some Valium :)
« on: January 20, 2012, 05:17:50 PM »
I come from a long line of garbage pickers, but not sure that I qualify as a hoarder. Though I guess I could be in denial ...

Yeah I save usable top fittings and hardware & such. If a zipper looks good I might keep it, etc. Throw away a lot more fabric than I used to. I'll hang onto long pieces for facings & flaps & boxing but that's pretty much it. My shop er, studio, is only 20x30 so I ain't gotta lotta room to play with anyway.

Basically it's a steel garage. Roll up, and hinged door on front. 30' deep X 20' wide. 12' ceiling. 8' sewing table along right wall. Before I waste your time trying to explain lemme see if I can find a pic.

Agree this is a great thread!


General Discussion / Re: Sew foam
« on: January 16, 2012, 07:54:37 PM »
Ya lookin good Mike. Old Checkmate?

We get the grey sew foam w/backing from Action in Sarasota. Check out my Creative Canvas facebook page to see pics of an interior Beth did for a 28' Skater tunnel hull. Boat was a hideous yellow, vinyl was shot. Wasn't my job but had reservations about the purple & white scheme. Came out awesome. Cept the guys rushed the rear seat install & got a lil off center. (This was fixed later.)

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