After Coombsy… sorry, Maverick… came back to us to create what we’d already hailed our installation Dream Team, the last thing we really needed was another cabinet maker. But you know the old joke: what would you do if God suddenly appeared in Port Adelaide? Move Robbie Gray to midfield. Well, it’s a bit like that with our latest addition to the Dream Team, Jack Joyce.
The wily Jack had been following us on Instagram for a while and – out of the blue – he gave us a call to say he loved our work and wanted a job here. Kudos to the man for a ballsy move, which did impress us. And, as they say, flattery will get you everywhere. But only if you also happen to be a gun joiner. So, in Jack came for a chat. And out he walked some time later ready to start part-time on a trial basis for both of us while we sweet-talk our accountant. (We may have problems with next year’s salary cap.)
Jack grew up in the UK and is actually a third-generation carpenter/joiner, learning the trade apprenticed to his grandfather in the family joinery. (No wonder he already fits like a dovetail joint in our family joinery.) His grandpa, by the way, was a master craftsman, who – amongst other things – built two boats from scratch. (No wonder, also, Jack and his wife love living in Port Noarlunga.)
Accordingly, Jack learned his skills the old-school way (just the way we like ‘em) and ended up running his own custom joinery, which took in cabinetry and carpentry on windows, doors and staircases. Joiners in the UK have a much broader scope than we do. But that still doesn’t make our man a Jack-of-all-trades. If you see his folio of work, it will blow you away. His meticulous attention to intricate detail was immediately apparent and impressive.
So, what brought him half-way round the world and into our door? Jack’s wife, Tanya, had always wanted to give Australia a go. The idea ran around his head for a while and started to seem more and more appealing. Especially given that his brother had moved to Sydney. What clinched the deal was a South Australian sponsorship bringing people with skills to bolster our state’s talent base. He knew he’d always regret it if he didn’t give it a red-hot go.
And here they are: Jack, Tanya and three-year-old Jackson (or, as he likes to say with a wink, Jack’s son). Life in Adelaide must be agreeing with them because at the time of writing, after a lengthy pregnancy, Tanya had finally delivered Jackson a baby brother, Alfie, and the family’s first-generation South Australian.
The work front, however, could truthfully have been better. That’s why he called us. Jack’s worked around town for a few cabinet makers and, latterly, a construction recruitment agency, where he was subbed out on commercial jobs. But he was bored with the monotony of installing the same kitchen 40 times over: white box after white box after white box. Hardly the challenge he’s been working up to, mastering his trade over the last 15 years. We think we can fix that problem with every SpaceCraft Joinery project a one-off design.
And that’s how our latest joiner joined us. But has all that monotony made Jack a dull boy? Hardly. He’s a happy, bubbly, easy-going soul, who’s good company with a hearty laugh to match. And he loves a quiet beer at the end of the day. Or, even a loud one. Now that the baby has arrived, we’re all hoping our next news is that Jack is with us full-time. And from what we hear, that might just please Tanya as much as the overdue birth.