Meet the Team 6 – Darren
Pictured above – Kathy and Darren, owners of American Retro Caravans. Today we meet Darren:
“My apprenticeship was in sheet metal work many years ago. Having completed my course and worked in this industry for a while I decided that I wanted to be more creative and work with wood instead. So I went to college to study carpentry and then worked in a joinery workshop for the next few years learning the skill of cabinetry and furniture making. I then went on to run my own business working for private clients and businesses for 25 years as well as running small to medium building projects.
Our Airstream business has given me the opportunity to combine all my skills I have learnt over the years into one. Renovating Airstreams is a time consuming and complicated business. Nothing is ever square or straight and the Airstream can change width constantly from one end to another! Fitting handmade kitchens into old cottages has been very good experience for this type of work!
My favourite part of my job here at Arc is sourcing and fitting new and exciting products to use in our airstreams and the variety of work I deal with. I am a workaholic so my day usually starts at about 4.30am and goes on till about 6pm. My days are always varied as I can be fitting a bathroom in the morning to making a leather clad cocktail cabinet in the evening and no day is ever the same! Every project is different and each has its own challenges but they are all really interesting to do.
My favourite colour is blue!”