Meet the Crafters is a series of interviews from craftsmen and craftswomen in various areas of operation within Pawleys Island Hammocks production, including Hammocks and Furniture. In this interview you'll meet Buster, our furniture assembly team manager, who has been with Pawleys Island Hammocks for 9 years.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in raised in Grifton, North Carolina. Before Pawleys Island Hammocks, I built houses for 20 years, so I've always had passion for construction.
How long have you been working at Pawleys Island Hammocks and what is your favorite part about working here?
I have been working at Pawleys Island Hammocks for 9 years. I am the manager of Furniture Assembly. My favorite part about working here is the co-workers and I love the products that we make. When it comes to my managing style, I like "People who work with me, not for me."
What are some things you like to do outside of work?
My favorite thing to do outside of work is working on my yard and saltwater fishing.
Can you give us a quick run-down of how furniture is assembled?
Once the CNC machine and manufacturing has made all the parts, they send over everything to my department. In case of an Adirondack Chair, we first assemble the arm and then move to the slats for the seat. Finally, we attach the rest of the pieces, box the chair up and send it to shipping.
How would your fellow co-workers describe you?
I think they would describe me as "Crazy" and Hard-working hahaha!
What is your favorite part of the furniture-assembling process?
Assembling Adirondack Chairs.
Tell me about your biggest achievement?
My 2 kids are my biggest accomplishment!
Top Left: The slats on the back of an Sunrise Adirondack Chair are drilled into place.
Top Right: The arms of a Deep Seating Club Chair are assembled.
Bottom Left: The bottom of a Refined Tete-a-Tete table are drilled into place.
Bottom Right: Holes are drilled into the back support beams of an Sunrise Adirondack Chair.