I chuckled at Bryan’s inquiry as we settled in for our Q&A interview. I assured him that all questions were going to be difficult and on the record. He grinned and I started with asking him a bit about his background followed by more rapid-fire questions. Here’s a look into Bryan:
On occasion, Bryan will bring pup Reilly into the office. Here she was just a few months old.
Jimmy has been with our timber frame team for almost two years. He lives in Mt. Angel, Oregon and works out of our mill in McMinnville, Oregon. Even though the commute one way is at minimum an hour, Jimmy tells us he wouldn’t trade his 1/3-acre peaceful property for anything. His love of nature is also his favorite thing about timber framing. According to Jimmy, “There’s no better place to be than 25 to 30 feet in the air looking at beautiful scenery.”
Where are you from? I was born in Newburg, New York and still have family in Brooklyn, New York. When I was 6 months old, our family moved to Puerto Rico. It wasn’t until I was 13 and moved to Missouri that I began learning to speak English. I made my way to Oregon via, Florida and Los Angeles.
What were you doing before NEW? Before joining New Energy Works, I was a blacksmith, welder, mechanic. When I have time, I restore furniture.
Leaving the frame to check out the region. Darren, Mike, Jimmy, and Todd.
When you aren’t at work what are you doing? Chilling with Chip (my dog) watching TV or out hunting and fishing.
What’s your favorite truss style or joint? I don’t have a favorite. I love them all.
What’s your favorite wood species? I love purple heart and coca bola.
What’s your favorite time of day? I’m an evening person. I like 6:30 pm, when I walk in to home at night.
What’s your favorite curse word?
hijo de puta (son of a bitch)
Favorite project you have worked on? A big barn raising with east coast guys. Huge painted timbers for kind of a modern take on a barn.
What’s best about being a timber framer? Traveling to new places and the views from the tops of the frames.
What’s Chip’s role at the shop? He’s the Mill Mascot, my constant buddy.