This week on Bucket Talk, we caught up with Lee Ohman, who spends his days working his main gig as an electrician and his off-time crafting custom wood items ranging from corn hole boards and cutting boards to ornaments and dining tables. He grew up in Natick, Massachusetts, just a short way from BRUNT headquarters, where he got a union job right out of high school. He now plies his trade in Charleston, MA. Listen in as he chats with our hosts Jeremy and Eric about skipping college, falling in love with woodworking and spending time with his family.
Eric Girouard 0:00
This is bucket talk weekly podcast where people who work in the trades and construction that aren't just trying to survive, but have the ambition and desire to thrive. The opportunity to trade and construction is absolutely ridiculous right now. So if you're hungry, it's time to eat. We discussed what it takes to rise from the bottom to the top with people who are well on their way, and roll up their sleeves every single day.
Jeremy Perkins 0:28
This is Jeremy and Eric here with bucket talk powered by Brian. On this episode, we have Lee omen of regal street woodshop. But before we jump in, Eric, what's been going on?
Eric Girouard 0:38
All right, so I'm super excited about this one, we got Liam and we'll call them a local guy to us. He's only a few towns over 30 minute drive on a on a bad day, maybe a little faster. And a good day, you we've been doing these things where we do giveaways with folks that we work with that we'd like to partner with it actually make things and create things and he actually has created something really unique in this. He makes these hat holders however, the one that we're giving away is a double and as you know a Brunt we've got the curved rims, we've got the flap rims, double sided custom with logos and lands and customization and so super pumped these things are all kind of lining up at the same time on plan but it's pretty cool to see it all kind of come together. Yeah.
Jeremy Perkins 1:21
Well unplanned is the fact that we're recording this podcast for a second time. So what happened? What happened? Well, you know, the batteries went dead in the old talking machine, so
Eric Girouard 1:31
Oh, and whose responsibility is the batteries in the socket machine? Ah, that gets us mine. All right.
Jeremy Perkins 1:38
We're gonna give you a good Yeah, exactly. All right. We're here with Leo Coleman of regal Street. woodshop. Lee,
Unknown Speaker 1:45
what's up guys? How you doing? Thanks for having me back.
Eric Girouard 1:49
Jeremy Perkins 1:51
For those that don't know, we got to know Leon a very early podcast recording that is no longer gonna see the light of day, we'll get you the better version. Now. Practice makes perfect. Exactly. That's gonna go. batteries in the machine. We're good. Yep. All right. So Lee, give us a little bit of background about yourself. We know you locally. But for those folks that don't give us a little background on who you are, where you came from, and what you do today.
Unknown Speaker 2:15
Well, my name is Liam, and I'm an electrician during the day. And I dabble with woodworking in the afternoons and at night. And yeah, that's, that's me in a nutshell. Wrap it up.
Jeremy Perkins 2:32
So as we know, you're in the union, right?
Unknown Speaker 2:34
Yeah. I got in the Union right out of high school. We lucked out. My dad was able to sneak me in. As you know, it's not what you know, to you know, exactly. Oh, yeah. So I've been doing that ever since probably the best decision I ever made was I knew I wasn't going to college. He knew I wasn't going to college. Very grateful and happy that I did make that decision when I did. Does this
Jeremy Perkins 2:55
talk on the parents? No, you're not going to college? And you're like, come on, at least give me a shot. Yeah, they
Unknown Speaker 2:59
were happy. I'm finished high school.
Jeremy Perkins 3:04
They already call it out before Yeah.
Unknown Speaker 3:09
Well, I figured I saved them a ton of money by not having to pay for me to go to school.
Eric Girouard 3:12
Hey, yeah, yep, there
Jeremy Perkins 3:14
you go. Yeah, my father told me what did he say to me? He goes, you're not going to community college. Unless you pay away. You're not living here. You're either going to the military or getting a, you know, going to university. So well, that kind of left me with one option. So
Eric Girouard 3:30
for those you that don't know why we're obviously we're North Reading mass, north of Boston, right. You grew up in Natick, which is west of Boston in a town next door.
Unknown Speaker 3:38
Yep. Two Towns over now. I'm in Charleston. Yep. Yep. We're currently buying a house in Upton. Ooh, which will have a bigger shop and some new town. But yeah, beautiful town. So we just went on the market today. So fingers crossed.
Eric Girouard 3:54
All right. So those listeners out there that's on the market, and that's your chance to
Jeremy Perkins 3:58
form and pay right. Awesome. So with joining the union and getting the electrical trade, did you go to school? How did that all come about? How did you decide that? Well, obviously, because of your father, and there, probably a little bit of knowledge there. But how did you actually get your knowledge? Was it on the job? Or was it through school?
Eric Girouard 4:18
You're not supposed to answer questions that you asked but always.
Unknown Speaker 4:23
So I was pretty green. When I entered the trade. I didn't know much even with working with my dad here and there. You know, he just basically had me doing the grunt go for work. They do have a five year apprenticeship program where you go to school two nights a week. It's actually days now they switched it up. But back in the day, we went at night for four hours twice a week for five years and learned on the job as far as the mechanics and everything you learn that stuff on the job, the book smarts and the formulas and all the calculations you're gonna need. You're gonna learn that stuff at school, but the hands on stuff, you learn that on the job, you count on the guys that you're working with the teacher and I loved out, I worked with a great group of guys, and a small shop. So I actually got to work with the tools when I was an apprentice. And instead of, you know, running to get stock and get coffee and all that I was I was actually hands on for most of my apprenticeship, which is very beneficial to
Jeremy Perkins 5:15
that's huge. No large sized regulars for the crew know,
Unknown Speaker 5:18
they brought their coffee.
Jeremy Perkins 5:22
Awesome, awesome. That's good. I mean, so obviously electrician by day woodworker by night, how did that all start?
Unknown Speaker 5:29
Well, it's a tale as old as time, you know, the wife wanted a table. And I said, I can, I can bake that. I bought the tools, I drove down YouTube, and it was love at first sight. I just couldn't get enough of it
Eric Girouard 5:41
with your wife at the table or the tools,
Unknown Speaker 5:43
little bit she ain't listening. I fell in love with woodworking right away. It was perfect timing. For me. I definitely needed some sort of escape in that the woodwork and being out in the shop was more of as much as I enjoyed building stuff. And everyday it was as much therapy. At the same time. You know, I was dealing with a bunch of personal things at the time, health issues, whatnot. That just got me out of my head. I wasn't thinking about that stuff. I was just yeah, you know, every once in a while, you need to just clear your mind and do stuff like that sometimes.
Eric Girouard 6:24
Nice. And so tell us a little bit about the shop. So this is a shop at your house.
Unknown Speaker 6:27
Yeah. So it started in my garage, which without dust collection quickly.
Eric Girouard 6:32
Very good things started in garages, run started in my garage, so that's fine. And not that we're the biggest either of us. But Google, I think Apple and lifestart
Jeremy Perkins 6:42
are working out in my garage.
Eric Girouard 6:46
You are very Google, Apple and Jeremy were started working.
Unknown Speaker 6:53
Yeah, and that's shortly without dust collection. Trent, you know, my wife kicked me out pretty quick, because it was attached to the house and I was dragging everything right. And so I took my 10 by 16 foot shop. I built a lien two next to it for my lawn stuff. And I moved everything out there. Ran a sub panel out started collecting tools.
Eric Girouard 7:14
I was gonna say like, you didn't just put a little PVC pipe and just run a wire through it and buried in the ground and call it a day.
Unknown Speaker 7:22
That's exactly what I did don't play any croquet and you might punch yourself.
Jeremy Perkins 7:37
So, dust collection, right? This brings up a whole nother thing. It's awful. Often when you first started working in your garage, I would say you know either do it outside or I wish invest in some Duskull Absolutely.
Unknown Speaker 7:51
Best thing I ever did. I mean, small shop 10 by 16 note without dust collection. That was one of the first things I bought the best
Jeremy Perkins 7:59
is like the floating cobwebs in the ER Yeah. Yeah,
Unknown Speaker 8:03
that you can see him a lot more to because it's just all signed us.
Jeremy Perkins 8:07
That's awesome. This is your release. This is your escape. There's no
Unknown Speaker 8:10
100 I mean, I will say this on the weekends. I shut down the shop me and my family we go camping every weekend for the most part. That's just a release from everything Where Where are you guys going camping these days. We have a seasonal camper out and oh cam mass more central mass. Okay, but Pine Acres campground and that's our home away from home.
Eric Girouard 8:32
So we're getting into the camping game starting next year. Hell yeah. We're getting a company Jayco oh boy Lt. Toy Hauler to 65th Toy Hauler so they can put toys.
Unknown Speaker 8:44
Perfect. Come on down. Weekend down there. Absolutely. Regal Street West.
Eric Girouard 8:49
So you shut the shop. shut the shop down in the summers at least. Okay. What about the winters? You guys in the
Unknown Speaker 8:56
winter? is? I mean, the winter is depressing as it is. Exactly. So I spend as much time in the shop as I can. The sun goes down early. It feels like it's midnight when it's four o'clock. But yeah, I try and get out there as much as I can. She gives me a little bit more slack in the winter. Nice because there's less we have to do as a family. So I take advantage of
Eric Girouard 9:16
that for sure. And then your wife has her own thing. Also out of the shop. She's got a little
Unknown Speaker 9:20
side hustle going yeah, she saw me doing my thing. And I think she wanted to get involved a little bit. So she bought a Glowforge laser. She does all her her laser work and making ornaments and all her crafty stuff, which is awesome for me because now I can engrave all my stuff with her laser. Yeah.
Eric Girouard 9:40
Yeah, yeah, we're gonna have to review your tax returns after this podcast, but you're always right. I need a guy.
Jeremy Perkins 9:52
It's cool when you get to work with your spouse, especially when you know you're both trying to unwind and you got your own day. jobs and then do stuff together. So something
Eric Girouard 10:02
you like that you can make some money on. But don't turn into a full time job where you lose the passion of like, wow, I gotta hit these deadlines. Yeah,
Unknown Speaker 10:09
that's, I mean, people always ask me if I'm gonna want to you live in the electrical business. I just can't do that. Yeah, that's never gonna happen. That yeah, I don't want to make it a full time thing. That's like you said, that's when the stress comes in. And it won't be fun anymore. Yeah, yep. Well keep it part time,
Jeremy Perkins 10:27
being an electrician and being as sad as you are, and you got some time under your belt in the trade. So it'd be not unwise or foolish, but definitely not something that you want to do at this stage in the game. So focusing on that is a huge thing, and then doing what you're doing to make ends meet or just to get away? Absolutely, yeah. Awesome. When you first started out in the trades, whether it's what as an electrician or as a novice woodworker, what's something that you would tell a younger version of you, whether it's, Hey, I need to get into the woodworking game early and
Eric Girouard 11:01
have a side hustle early as a release or extra income or put all your energy into your core until you get there. And you know,
Unknown Speaker 11:10
as a young, single guy, I wish I, you know, learned as much as I could, I did learn a lot, but I wish I learned more. As far as the book smart stuff we were talking about, like the calculations, like nail that down now. Go to school get to work as much overtime as you can when you're young. Yeah. Soon as you have that family. You're gonna want to spend as much time as you can with them. Yeah. And don't feel pressured to say no to the overtime. Because that's the more important part, you know. Yeah. Yep.
Jeremy Perkins 11:43
I mean, yeah, definitely grabbing that overtime, Reinhard when you don't have the responsibility.
Unknown Speaker 11:49
I'm old. No. I feel old anyway. Yeah.
Jeremy Perkins 11:52
Saturday, Sundays, do it all. And then well, it's hard play hard. Yeah, it's not even about the money too. It's about the experience and, and really just grabbing everything that you can early on, and then, you know, it'll set you up for success later on. I know some guys that have skated through, may have done it.
Unknown Speaker 12:09
We all know those guys. Right? fairly minimal effort, just skating by right, and then you're gonna get out of it, what you put into it,
Jeremy Perkins 12:16
right? And then midlife. They're like, you know, how come I'm not getting promoted? How come this guy's a foreman, blah, blah, blah. And you're like, dude, everyone else knows why. Exactly. So grind it out. But, ya know, it'll set you up for a better spot in your life. You know, 30s 40s when you're sitting down having kids or, or what have you, it could be earlier. Who knows? Yeah, it's nice to be able to dial it back a little bit and do what you like. But for sure. Awesome. What's one of the number one things you tell your new guys coming in? I mean, honestly,
Unknown Speaker 12:47
show up on time. That is the number one thing as long as you show up on time, we'll make it work. There's so many of these young kids just, it's like a part time job half the time for some of them new kids. They're calling in, they're not showing up.
Eric Girouard 13:03
Which is crazy, because getting into the union is like cracking into the mafia and you were alone and then not taking full advantage of it's crazy.
Unknown Speaker 13:14
The hardest thing to get some of these new young kids is just to show up on time. Yeah. And you know, just putting it on a state. When I got in. We didn't have cell phones we have now. Yeah, yeah, the cell phone thing. Like they shouldn't even be allowed on the jobs when we were young. And now that's coming from me. Everybody knows what I do at work. Yeah. Half the time. Like, if my apprentice has I'm going to the bathroom. Leave your phone on the cart. Because I know he's going to spend 20 minutes on that shit. Oh, yeah. That's a good call. Yeah. Leave you feel like a fourth grade teacher. Leave it. Leave it on the desk. Yep. But you got to do it. Sometimes. You got to show these kids. Yeah, the right way to do things.
Jeremy Perkins 13:57
Yeah, I mean, it's also distracting to Oh, it is. Obviously what you're talking about is distracting. But the guys are on their phone, like just constantly dropped their phone, whatever. I mean, when we
Unknown Speaker 14:08
saw I can't tell you how many phones I've seen falling off lifts. Yeah. fallen down three stories smashing. Yeah, yeah.
Jeremy Perkins 14:17
It's interesting, because as we go through a lot of these podcasts, interviews and talk to folks, that's kind of been the number one thing like, if you're there on time, I could work with you.
Unknown Speaker 14:26
Yeah. I mean, you could show up half, not half in the bed, but hungover as hell. You know, as long as you're there and you made the effort to show up. You show that you're motivated when it's time to work. Yeah, we'll take care of you and we'll make we'll make sure Yep. Safe, first and foremost. And then teach you something thereafter. Yep.
Eric Girouard 14:48
Yep. On the electrical side, what are some? So obviously not residential, you know, fixing lightbulbs and all that stuff you guys are doing give the listeners that type of sense for the type of logical work like
Unknown Speaker 15:00
mostly doing industrial commercial stuff. I've been at Logan Airport for a couple years build a new terminal.
Eric Girouard 15:06
Jeremy and I just drove by that the other day we were sitting in traffic.
Jeremy Perkins 15:09
By the way, what does that thing supposed to look like?
Unknown Speaker 15:12
Do the architects of what they're coming up with nowadays? I couldn't even tell you looks like a flying saucer. Yeah, they call it the cat's eye. I don't know. That's what they call that.
Eric Girouard 15:24
I looked at a cat's eye.
Jeremy Perkins 15:27
Yeah. I mean, I mean, it's, it's beautiful, I guess in its own right.
Unknown Speaker 15:34
I guess what they're trying to do is make the building's artwork now is what they're trying to accomplish. Yeah, I don't know. But actually, that sucks for us because that's what I was gonna say curved buildings like that. And round walls. You know how much empty space is in those rooms so much wasted space, and nothing is straight. Nothing is square. It's a pain in the ass to try and the match the conduit with the decking? Do you match it with the beam? Do you match with this pipe over here? That's crooked. Yeah, there's nothing squared a reference. So that was one of the things I was going to ask. It's a nightmare
Jeremy Perkins 16:09
is what's the cost add to that just doing like a regular like rectangular villa?
Unknown Speaker 16:15
Yeah. It's gotta be crazy. Yeah. Is it just takes twice as long to do everything. Yeah.
Jeremy Perkins 16:21
And everything's probably like, obviously running condo and stuff is custom in its own right. But, you know, all those panels and everything that they have on the exterior of the building. It's like, yeah, it's custom.
Unknown Speaker 16:31
Everything is cut. Yeah, if you mess one up, it takes four months to a year to get a new one from Germany. Like the ceiling tiles are all from Germany that have special orders and custom made and got that insider information. Yeah. Yeah, the cat's eye. Next time you're in Boston thought it was a flying saucer.
Jeremy Perkins 16:51
So how long have you gotten that job? Well, I'm
Unknown Speaker 16:53
not there anymore. I could be going back. I'm kind of bouncing around right now. It shouldn't be done within another year or so. Two days for? For the Friday music videos, or no, no, no. Some work over at the garden. Then they had to call in the ATM for some LED signs. They were under a time crunch. So nice. garden lights. That wraps around the whole perimeter of the stadium.
Eric Girouard 17:20
Ooh, hopefully we're gonna see some bright flashing on those LEDs one day. You noticed fancy watch companies that take over the garden? Are we good?
Jeremy Perkins 17:29
You know, so maybe
Unknown Speaker 17:32
send a couple emails. Cool. So might not be anybody in the stands when they're playing it. But
Eric Girouard 17:40
yeah, we'll get the footage and then we'll put the people in the seats. And yeah, it's all happening.
Jeremy Perkins 17:44
Yeah. How's the switch like that, to be honest with you? How does going from you know, building out a building to going to repairs that like,
Unknown Speaker 17:51
it's nice. It's after you've been anywhere for any given period of time, like anything over six months on the job site with the same guys every day. You're gonna have personalities that clash.
Jeremy Perkins 18:02
They're listening. Yeah.
Unknown Speaker 18:06
But it's nice to just get away even even if you know you're gonna go back. It's like a mini vacation almost just to, you know, change the scenery. Things get old after a certain amount of time. But yeah, yeah. It's nice to switch it up. Typically, I mean, the longest any job I've ever been on, it's been three years. So it's nice to know that there's a end there's an end and you're moving on to the next thing. And yeah, yeah, just keep moving around. Awesome. I mean, I've had some awesome spots. I've got to work have been at the airport, the garden, the aquarium, Fenway a bunch of cool old hotels in town, Park Plaza, all sorts of you know, places that not a lot of people get to go to it see like the inner workings, like Yeah, how many people have been inside Fenway Park in the basements and you know, it's kind of cool. So historic buildings, but
Jeremy Perkins 19:00
it was different.
Eric Girouard 19:02
I watched the town I liked the town though. I got to see the inside of it there and, you know, Ben Affleck's gun shoot out or whatever, but we were
Jeremy Perkins 19:09
talking with George the plumber. You got to start down in New York City and he was doing a whole bunch of plumbing jobs and repair jobs and he goes, You wouldn't imagine the places that we went and buildings from the nastiest, like
Unknown Speaker 19:21
that's the other half. Yeah, the nasty basements with the cockroaches and some of the basements of these old colleges and everything. Oh yeah. You take your boots off before you go allow us
Jeremy Perkins 19:32
a lot of these buildings have been reconditioned or what have you but their inner workings haven't been like this still the basements or the lower levels are still of the time that they were built which is absolutely you can only put
Unknown Speaker 19:44
so many coats of paint on something for instance falling apart.
Eric Girouard 19:49
Those are the jobs you just put the orange electrical wire in and throw it over and center you got power down there now has dipped I
Unknown Speaker 19:56
started another job a few months ago and it keeps getting delayed because it's all Vestas buildings just full of it. So I gotta go get certified for asbestos, you know, hot work and all sorts of crap.
Eric Girouard 20:08
Are they cleaning it out first or eating?
Unknown Speaker 20:11
The whole building? Yeah. So I gotta go. Every that's why everything's getting delayed. Yeah, my works in the basement, of course, we're swapping the generator. They're starting on the 11th floor and working their way down. So we gotta wait for them. So I had to wait to shut the heat off because it was winter when this job started. And winter is coming quick. And they're only halfway done.
Eric Girouard 20:33
Yeah, sounds like a lot overtime right there sitting there.
Unknown Speaker 20:36
We'll see. I mean, as long as it's in the winter, or
Eric Girouard 20:40
something like that. Yeah.
Jeremy Perkins 20:42
Back to the new the new build out. What do you foresee being some of your challenges for the new house? And what's kind of what you're going to do with the new shop?
Unknown Speaker 20:52
I'm gonna have so much room for activities. Like, I don't know, I'm so used to have and we have some karate.
Jeremy Perkins 21:00
I've seen some of your stuff. I mean, you you've made that space very efficient.
Unknown Speaker 21:04
And I'm very used to having things within an arm's reach. Yeah, so now that I'm gonna have to walk all the way across two car garage to get something. Yeah, it's gonna mess me all up, I think so. You'll be able to fill it out. I'll fill it up faster than I should probably Yeah, you're gonna use the garage. This time. I'm going to be in the garage. It's separate from the house. I have a 202 big garage with like a walk up loft above it. Ooh, that would be polite. Now that'll be the CNC room lumber storage.
Eric Girouard 21:36
Pool. He's running an official side house and not you just want a party.
Jeremy Perkins 21:41
I was thinking like a drum set. And
Unknown Speaker 21:43
we got the pool in the backyard. Oh, that'll be the
Eric Girouard 21:47
invited himself over next summer.
Jeremy Perkins 21:50
I'm gonna have my svelte body by
Unknown Speaker 21:53
keep working out in that garage.
Jeremy Perkins 21:56
Yeah, outside of everything, you know, obviously, you're, you know, electrical takes up the majority of the day. Then you got the woodworking and, and family bonding time with your wife with that operation. And, you know, a little bit of the camping but outside of all of that. What's your favorite thing to do? What's your favorite release?
Unknown Speaker 22:17
Outside all of that. I like going to see concerts. I like live music. I haven't seen a good concert a lot of time.
Jeremy Perkins 22:26
I once saw Imagine Dragons at the we almost went Dude, my son was begging me to go. I think the kid was begging me. It was like, how do you even know these people are doing that? I swear my daughter had like insider information because she come back she goes, Hey, I want to go see, Imagine Dragons. I was like, oh shit, I'll look it up. So I looked it up. And I was like, it's a family and yeah, weeks. I
Unknown Speaker 22:48
know. No. He told me like on a Thursday, it was on a Saturday. I was like, Maybe let me look into it. Do
Jeremy Perkins 22:55
they had a blast? And I haven't been you know, COVID and all that crap. And I wasn't really a live music guy per se. But I mean, we decided to do it for the kids
Eric Girouard 23:06
do it for the kids means Jeremy shows up in his crop top. His skinny jean, you
Jeremy Perkins 23:12
know, who knew you're in? Anyway, besides all that, it was an unbelievable concert. It's like Macklemore it was it was tones. And I was like it was unbelievable. I'm
Unknown Speaker 23:25
upset. We missed it. My wife and I met at a concert. So we went out we met at Tim McGraw years ago. Nice. I don't really remember the concert. But it was. It was one of those days. Yeah. And pull up in the RV at 10am. And start man after. It was our thing in the summer for years, just as many concerts as we could go to all of our friends. We were real concert goers. And we haven't been in a long we
Eric Girouard 23:52
haven't thought about you pull your RV to concert. You spend the night? Pull out?
Unknown Speaker 23:56
Well, no, no, no, we just pull in it early in the morning. Pocket set up shop party, that somebody's driving home.
Eric Girouard 24:07
All right, we're trying to understand the lay of the land. The RV living Yeah, we understand exactly what we can get into and the benefits that come with it. That's gonna be hysterical
Unknown Speaker 24:17
games, concerts, and all sorts of things.
Jeremy Perkins 24:20
We just been to a couple of races and the setups that they have are, are just unbelievable. I can't believe some of the setups. I was actually asking Eric not one of them. I said all right. So you got a big provosts camper. Right?
Eric Girouard 24:34
And you probably got like, you know, two or 3 million bucks. Yeah, exactly. That's
Jeremy Perkins 24:37
what I want, right?
Eric Girouard 24:39
That's not what we're getting.
Unknown Speaker 24:42
Jeremy Perkins 24:45
Where does these golf carts fit? So Eric actually got some insider information on how some of these golf carts Yeah, yeah. Go ahead. So
Eric Girouard 24:53
so what happens is these $3 million campers have drivers that drive them to the location Not even the people that own them. So the driver is driving, it's towing a truck with a truck bed. And in the truck bed is is the golf cart. When the driver gets there, they take the golf cart off the truck, the driver then takes that truck goes and stays in hotel, while the people that are staying in that camper, get the golf cart, get the camper, so don't have to worry about driving it. And so if you ever see on the highway, you see a big camper towing a truck that has a golf cart in it. That is likely a NASCAR owner, or team owner or something along those lines, or me or Jeremy.
Jeremy Perkins 25:38
Get myself in the fog? No, that's awesome. So the camping life is what you love to do.
Unknown Speaker 25:50
I mean, we pull in Friday, and how far is it from your house about an hour? And once you're in, you look up at the trees, you feel like you're up in northern Maine, you know, you don't know where you are. Yeah, once you're in the compound. And our second family is all our surrounding neighbors. They're all sees us. And now you talk with you every time are you? No, no, it's part of their year. Oh, nice. Whoever got there first starts a fire. That's where we're headed for the for the evening. And it's just nice. Chill time. All right, and then you're right. It's nice because the kids can all hop on their bikes and just, you know, everybody in the place so everybody's watching the kids worry about them. Which a lot of people like a couple of my neighbors are from the city their kids don't get to do that. Yeah, we were kids. It was just like hop on your bike and back when the streetlights come on. Now it's you can't even go outside without like a chaperone. Yeah, some of these places. Yeah. It's nice to see the kids that they don't get off the video game. You know, the Playstations. And that. Yeah, so now they're, they're outside and playing. They just we just let them a walkie talkie. And he's gone. That's awesome. Yeah, he loves it.
Jeremy Perkins 27:03
I'm just thinking about it. Sorry. Yeah.
Unknown Speaker 27:07
Sounds pretty nice.
Jeremy Perkins 27:10
All right, how many were doing this? So for our listeners, were at the end of the show. And I thank you for doing this for a second time. Yeah. And all you've done for us and the giveaway is fantastic. But you have a pretty inspiring story. A lot of stuff that you do is unbelievable. And where can people find you if they wanted to get a little bit more insight into what you do? The Woodcraft the electrician aspect of it. Where can people find you?
Unknown Speaker 27:34
I'm at Regal Street. woodshop on, you know, most of my stuff's on Instagram, but I'm on Tik Tok and I got a little on YouTube. And that's basically Yeah,
Jeremy Perkins 27:44
awesome. Awesome. Well, thanks for being on the show. And thanks for having me. Second time.
Eric Girouard 27:49
Unknown Speaker 27:50
excuse to come out and hang.
Eric Girouard 27:52
Audio looks like it actually recorded through. So Jeremy got green, you get delivered.
Jeremy Perkins 27:59
Unknown Speaker 28:00
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Lee got started in the trades straight out of high school when he joined the electrical union. Luckily for him, he got trained up from the start. Rather than spending his days fetching coffees, he actually got to use tools during his apprenticeship, which set him up well for his future in the trade.
“I actually got to work with the tools when I was an apprentice. And instead of, you know, running to get stock and get coffee and all that, I was actually hands on for most of my apprenticeship, which is very beneficial.”
When it comes to woodworking, his story was a common one: his wife wanted a new table for their home. He went to the store, bought the tools, pulled up YouTube and never turned back. As much as it benefitted his wife, his newfound skills were beneficial for Lee, as well, serving as a much-needed escape from the pressures of life. He likens it to therapy.
“I fell in love with woodworking right away. It was perfect timing. For me. I definitely needed some sort of escape. [I found that] in the woodwork…I enjoyed building stuff. And everyday it was [like] therapy.”
While he still spends his days working as an electrician and keeps busy with woodworking, he makes sure to take the time to close the shop down and be with his family — most of the time this takes the form of a camping trip on the weekends. Not only that, but his wife has gotten involved with his woodworking business, Regal Street, by helping him craft ornaments. For them, it is a chance to get away from the pressures of life and spend a little time together. Don’t expect this to turn into a full-time gig anytime soon. For now, they’re keeping it light.