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The Blue Collar Voices Show

Author: John Chapman

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Talking and learning with Construction and Blue Collar Professionals about their careers and struggles. It is important that every single guest has a true understanding of the Blue Collar work ethic and way of life.
39 Episodes
This is part two with Melvin Baird, with A Better Crawl. The excellent conversation with Melvin continues, with discussion of Orca’s, business motivation, building his new home, and other things that just make a conversation great as you delve into the mind of someone who has built a successful business. Don’t forget to check out ... Read more Source
Melvin Baird owns and operates “A Better Crawl” across the sound from Seattle. This was an enjoyable discussion as Melvin explained about what he does as a company, how he got started, and as always – challenges and successes. In order to serve customers well, parameters of soil types, venting, grade, humidity (and more) are ... Read more Source
Part Three of this interview with Billy Cline was absolutely ending on a high note. Billy has struggled, and is now reaping the rewards of hard work, AND more importantly the changing mind set – along with mentorship. Already a successful company, Billy is in the process of expanding to new markets inside Texas, and ... Read more Source
We continue with Billy Cline in part two (of three). Billy talks about growing his business by listening to podcasts, and mentorships. He has formed strong relationships with movers and shakers in the construction world, and has found that listening to those that have succeeded before him has helped dramatically. Billy also cares greatly about ... Read more Source
Billy Cline runs a successful door installation and repair company located in the Dallas, Texas area. Billy has had serious struggles growing his business, and had to make hard decisions. Today, his business is growing, and some unique expansion is in process. Sharing experiences both good and challenging, tales from the very beginning, Billy provides ... Read more Source
The conversation with Brendan Vande Kamp continues in part two. Brendan runs a sawmill, builds log cabins, and does a few other things associated. Brendan is diligently marketing his company, growing his influence, exerting excellence upon his endeavors. Don’t forget, this is part two, so listen to part one first! Source
Log To Lumber is a business owned and operated by Brendan Vande Kamp. The two main services are milling lumber, and building log cabins. Brendan travels a very wide area to mill lumber, and is based out of Virginia. Likewise, the travel to assemble/build the cabins are also dependent on the project. I met Brendan ... Read more Source
Jay and I talk about his current business, Jays Doors, mindset, employees, future expansion, and some struggles as a businessman in part two. In the prior episode, part one, we talk about how he got started, training, impact his father had, narrowing down his business focus and more. Contact Jay Bergfeld via his website at: ... Read more Source
Jason (Jay) Bergfeld operates Jay’s Doors & Trim out of Castle Rock, Washington. We explore how Jay got started in woodcraft, training through the years, starting a handyman business and narrowing down his focus to Doors and Trim. Jay had a substantial impact by his father, as his father was taking Jay along on jobs ... Read more Source
This series “The State Of Blue Collar” within the Blue Collar Voices Show is to explore the state of the Blue Collar workforce and industry. In this first episode, I talk about the decline of Blue Collar, and the importance of Blue Collar to our survival. Source
This is part two of the great conversation with John Bruggen. We actually get to where he cut off fingers in this episode.He also shares some humorous times with his crew.Listen to part one, then come back and listen to this episode. The whole conversation with John was informative and entertaining. Source
John Bruggen builds Timber Frames. Located in Kansas, John has built frames in a number of states surrounding. John Bruggen is quite the story teller, and we went so long that I broke this up into two parts. We discuss the timber framing process, the business, work life balance and the importance of safety. Yes, ... Read more Source
Adam Drewes chats with John Chapman on this episode of the Blue Collar Voices Show about some of his experiences as a business owner, in the area of concrete work. Adam specializes in flat concrete, stamped concrete and dabbles in Nuclear Shelters. Source
After a very, very long hiatus, the show is rolling again. The initial interruption was a move, covid, time and Internet access challenges which lead to a lull for a while, which in turn lead to a lack of priority juxtaposed with other things going on in my life. Of course, it was all MY ... Read more Source
Chade Turner, who runs Turner Painting is the guest on this episode of the Blue Collar Voices show. After talking with Chade, it is quite apparent that Gratitude, Passion, Character and Community are more important to him than anything else. At least, that is MY take. Chade LOVES to paint, and he is very, very ... Read more Source
In today’s show we are talking with Patrick Holehan. Pat has been a practicing gunsmith for a LOOOOOONG time. His love affair with guns started as a young child. He completed 3 years of college education in gunsmithing – 2-year standard course, 3rd year more advanced. From there, he worked a few different jobs learning ... Read more Source
Lorraine Woodwark is passionate about immigration reform, the constitution, and the rights of Americans. Lorraine talks on the Blue Collar Voices Show to explain how Illegal “immigration” is detrimental to American workers, wages, and of course the impact on the Blue Collar workforce. We discuss her personal experiences (Lorraine immigrated to the USA herself – ... Read more Source
Zdenek Ulman is a diver. He runs a successful diving business up in New York City area. Before that, he started and ran a successful construction company. Before THAT, he didn’t even live here in the US. He came to visit only, and then spent 15 years as an illegal alien – while starting and ... Read more Source
Matt Radford is a roofer. He’s worked as a roofer, he’s owned his own business as a roofer, and now he is a roofing consultant. He like many of us, has had challenges and been beat around a bit by life. But he kept getting back up. Matt started out stacking the refuse in the ... Read more Source
Steve Pellegrino is a knifemaker. His skill set is way more diverse, but he is definitely a consummate, and passionate, knife maker. His specialty is Cutlery, which is being used by homemakers to Gourmet Chefs. I was searching online specifically for Knife Makers, and I came across Steve. I messaged Steve, and he was absolutely ... Read more Source