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. My daughter also helps out with the social marketing and sales. My son helps out in the shop building trucks and with the other projects we do. I hope you enjoy the website and the trucks that I have built as much as I do building them.