Hi There! I’m Jim. After reading through the great posts of our awesome Koostik team, I’m feeling a bit inadequate. Tough acts to follow, for sure! I’m blessed to call Jancy my incredibly talented and beautiful wife (of 36 years!), Mike, our genius, gifted son (of 26 years; getting married to Sarah in September!), Marshall, our first Koostik employee and totally awesome guy (getting married to Sarah, but not the same Sarah as Mike’s, tomorrow, 6-20-13!), and Caleb, a superman of epic proportions in our Koostik making enterprise (getting married to Carrie in January of 2014!). Whew! Surrounded by such an amazing group- what can I say? (Did you catch that? Three guys engaged to be married! Guess what the conversation sounds like around our coffee breaks...)
Many years ago, I remember a trip to my family doctor for a check-up. I had to fill out a questionaire, and one of the questions was, “What do you do for a living?” I answered, “I’m just a cabinetmaker.” The secretary who reviewed my completed form before passing it on to the doctor commented, “What do you mean, “‘just a cabinetmaker?’”, “That’s an awesome occupation!” I guess I had never thought much about it- but it is in fact- pretty awesome. The term “cabinetmaker” was used in times past to refer to many trades engaged in wood or timber working specialties. I’ve been engaged in the trade for about 40 years now- and I find new challenges in it every day!
Jancy and I had a Kitchen and Bath business in the Denver area for about 25 years. During that time, we designed and installed hundreds of custom kitchens, baths, home offices, entertainment centers, etc. The experiences taught me SO much! I was daily forced to find real solutions to numerous design problems, realities in the field, and of course- engage in customer relations. These experiences helped to prepare me for the challenges of product design and production.
I grew up in Midland, Texas. My dad was a petroleum engineer. He loved woodworking as a hobby- so I guess I internalized my dad’s happy place as a good place to pursue myself. My dad taught me to solve problems, make things myself; and if something doesn’t work the way you want it to, keep at it until it does. This background has given me a certain drive to make things- and to constantly strive to make them better. My first forays into woodworking were small whittled objects made with a pocket knife I still have to this day.
My first wood carving, age 14; a cowboy. The knife I used then and still own today.
Koostik has been a genuinely exciting and motivating enterprise for me personally. At the outset, we had no idea how far it might go. We still don’t know. But every day is a new adventure; orders to fill and sometimes, requests for the “nearly impossible” to which we say, “Bah!” (We don’t worry about what’s nearly impossible!)
I would love to share some of the really cool things we have in the pipeline with you- but alas, we have to guard a few things until they’re ready to roll out. Suffice to say- Koostik is today what it only dreamed of being yesterday. Tomorrow, it will be what we are just dreaming today! That actually defines me pretty well.
Three Koostik shop monkeys. I’m the one who sees no evil.