Neil Callender Traditional Painter Q&A
I asked Neil Callender Traditional Painter, a few questions in order to provide some background to how he arrived at this point in his career.
What part of the UK do you cover for Traditional Painter?
I cover Dorset / Wiltshire / Gloucestershire
How long have you been hand painting furniture for?
Been painting kitchens and furniture now for about 18 yrs, started off helping a friend out on a very large old farm house down near Poole, liked doing this type of work and have been doing it ever since.
What is the best part about being a kitchen painter?
The reaction from the customer when they get to see the finished job and you then know all your hard work has been worth it. Never get tired of that feeling.
What’s the best location you ever worked?
Painted a lovely kitchen up in Scotland, looking out of the kitchen window you got a beautiful view over Loch Ness and out of the side window all you could see was snow-covered mountains.
– Going forward, what would you like to see happen in the trade?
I have found over the years that fewer young people are going into the trade, so I think we should encourage more young people to take up our craft. I think college is a good start but there is nothing better than hands-on experience and I would like to see more firms and even small companies giving them a chance. Just a few months working along someone who knows what they are doing and enjoys his/her trade, is far better than any classroom, in my eyes.
When working, do you listen to radio, your own music or audiobooks? Any favourites / recommendations?
Always listen to my DAB radio, most of the time its Radio 2 apart from when the golf or cricket’s on, then Radio 5 Live.
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