So how did this all start? In 2008 I gave my son a wooden Semi Truck that my father had built for me when I was his age. It was a truck that I could play with and drive all around the house. A neighbor built me a second truck, so I had a fleet of two trucks and two trailers; the only problem was that the trailers could only be pulled by its’ mated tractor. This always bothered me, but I never said anything. After my son played with the two trucks for about 5 minutes, he asked why the trailers could only be pulled by its’ mate. I told him it had always bothered me as well. It would have taken five minutes to correct this, but I told him I would just build him a new truck with four new trailers. Once the new truck and trailers were built, the guys at work were impressed and I had an idea. I would build each firefighter that was assigned to me a tractor and two trailers for each of their sons. Thirteen tractors and 25 trailers later, I was ready for the upcoming holiday season.
As I shared my accomplishment, the statement was made by a few of the firefighter that they did not have sons, but had daughters. So I sat down, thought for a bit, and came up with a new plan. For the girls who were newborn to three years old, and the girls ten and older, I would build a small chair. The older girls could display their favorite doll or stuffed animal and the younger ones with have a chair to sit in. As for the girls that were four to ten years old,
I would build them a cradle for their dolls. 10 chairs and 12 cradles later, I was ready to give all the gifts away. So I thought a Christmas party would be perfect and invited everyone to come. The kids went crazy and it was a great day. Then one of the firefighters asked if I thought I could build a fire truck, and Six Finger Firemen Woodworking was created.
I am currently a Battalion Chief with the Brighton Fire Rescue District in Colorado and have been in the Fire Service for over 28 years. I enjoy being a firefighter and could not image doing any other job. I am passionate about both fire trucks and woodworking, so this worked out well. Because of my work schedule, I am able to combine my two passions and complete about 20+ trucks a year. I am blessed for I get to work with my father on the projects, as well as my Uncle Dave who helps out by making the bells. I hope you enjoy the website and the trucks that I have built as much as I do building them.