We had the good fortune of connecting with Jack Ward and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jack, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have always liked working with my hands. When I was younger, I would help my dad wrench on cars and build things out of wood. When I was entering high school, I found out it offered wood shop. I was immediately hooked and my passion is woodworking took off. It was there, I started to learn to design and build furniture. I got a tremendous amount of satisfaction seeing my designs come to life. With that passion, and my strong entrepreneurial spirit, I decided to start my woodworking business. I have found that I love collaborating on wood projects with my clients. It makes every project unique, challenging and very enjoyable.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
After high school, I went to college. I was trying to make it on my own and pay for it as I went. I started leveraging my woodworking skills and was building custom furniture out of the garage. I went on to graduate from San Diego State with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering. I worked as a composite engineer and eventually got into project and program management for aerospace companies. During that time, I always had to be building something out of wood. My hobby turned into a business while utilizing my degree and work experience. I have been designing and building custom wood projects for the past 26 years. I found out early on that I just loved seeing designs on paper become reality. Although I have been doing it for a while, I still learn things every day. I love to work with so many different people on their projects and help them realize their vision through a very close collaboration process. Once the design phase is complete, I get to make their project a reality. I love to experience the joy the client has when they get to see the final product during the reveal. Sometimes, clients have trouble envisioning what exactly they want. I spend a lot of time working with them, getting to know them so that I can help guide them to what they are looking for. I build heirloom quality furniture so I expect that the pieces will be around for a long time so I want to make sure they get something they love. The synergy that comes out of working so closely on projects with my clients and seeing their visions become reality are some of the most challenging and rewarding aspects that drive me to excel everyday.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego County has all kinds of things to do and see. When friends visit, we spend a lot of time outdoors. We would go hiking, biking and fishing out in Mt Laguna and Cyuamacca. In addition to that, we would go to the zoo and wild animal park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife Catherine. She has always supported me and encouraged me to take the steps needed to start a business. If it were not for her, I would have just kept it as a hobby.
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