Welcome to Hank’s website! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for all of your encouragement; I’m overwhelmed by your support! You might be asking yourself how does one get from retail management to seat weaving? Let me share my story ….
About a year ago my youngest, Courtney, asked me “Mom, what would you do if you could do anything in the world? Anything! Nothing standing in your way; what would you do?” I told them, "I would be a full-time Grandma just like I was a full-time Mom!" Best career ever! However, those questions resonated with me. Or, more to the point my answer did. I was already a full-time Grandma! Really, what else would I do if I could do anything?
When I lost my job in December I had the opportunity to think very hard about that! I couldn’t bring myself to look for another retail job. Now Courtney’s questions were staring me in the face! The opportunity to reinvent myself at 60! But what…
My continuing love for antiques and having had my chairs recaned last summer came to the surface as a real possibility for a new career. When I had my chairs redone the man that did the work said to me, “Why don’t I teach you how to cane and rush chairs; no one knows how to do this anymore” and I said, “I would love to learn how to do this! However, I have a job! When would I have time to learn something like this?”
After losing my job in December, I was brainstorming with my friend Deb, and the idea for ‘Hank’s' started to take shape in my mind. I kept my thoughts quiet for a few weeks, not wanting to get shot down in a reality check from friends and family. When I finally broke the news that I was not going to work for a large corporation ever again, and that I was going to start a seat weaving business, I received nothing but support!! I called Vince the caner and asked if he was serious about teaching me and he said “when can you get here?”
When I was a stay-at-home Mom, I would say to myself, what are you going to do when the kids are grown and out of the house? I always said I was going to get an old pick-up truck and go antique hunting and refinish them like my father-in-law, Hank (no coincidence that my father-in-law and grandson are named Hank) once did. One day during this process I realized that my dream had come full circle, even though I still need the old pick-up! Lol!
Now, instead of being told, as I was once by my previous boss, “I get that you have a grandson, but I have a business to run”, I now say “I have a business to run because I have a grandson!” And yesterday 19-month old Henry (Hank) said “Workshop” for the first time and pointed to the basement door! He inspires me every day!