Monday, April 13, 2009

More about my day job...

I figured I would tell everyone a little about my day job.  I am a second generation self-employed licensed tile contractor.  My company is of course, Stover Tile and Design, and my lovely wife, April, does the books for me.  I have had my license for close to 5 years now, but I have been doing tile just about my whole life.Me and my Dad who taught me the trade


I learned how to do tile while growing up and working with my father, David Stover, who did business as Stover & Sons Tile.   After 4 years in the Marine Corps and season of being a ski bum and driving snocats grooming runs at June and Mammoth Mtn,  I moved back to the central coast and started working full time for my Dad again.  I met my now wife April and eventually got my own license to do tile.  I still worked for my Dad at first, but the added license was a great benefit.  He ended up getting out of tile and buying another business, Tydix Products, and I continued doing tile under my own business name. (Here's a pic from 4 years ago, of my dad and I on one of our last jobs together.)



I have been blessed to have been able to work with some great general contractors and for some great home owners.  Some of the projects I have got to work on have been amazing, really challenging, and fun.  I try to add my own artistic touch to all my jobs.   Here is a slideshow of some of my work from the past.



 A couple years ago, my brother and his fiance, asked me to make a cakestand out of travertine for them. They could not find a square cakestand that they liked that would go well with their cake.  I figured out how to make one and that was my first "piece" I made.  They still use it daily in the center of their dining table and for all the birthday cakes.  When work slowed down recently, I finally took the plunge and took everyone's advice and started making more pieces to sell and that is how I ended up with my etsy and artfire shops. 


That's the quick and easy version of how I came to be in the tile business and how my online shops came to be.  Enjoy the pictures and feel free to ask me any questions.  :)



 

5 comments:

  1. I often think the best artisans are the ones who had their trade passed down to them. The photos of your work are quite impressive!

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  2. Very lovely tile work, Chris! That is fantastic that you were able to continue your father's biz as your own and even branch out!

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  3. nice. it makes me want to have the tiles in my bathroom and kitchen redone.. they are so dated!

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  4. Very unique blog.
    Fantastic pictures. Wow...

    I like your blog.

    Please visit:
    http://heaven-view.blogspot.com

    Keep blogging.
    Good day.

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  5. I love that pic of your father and you!

    You have always done beautiful work. maybe some day I'll fly you down to do some for me or my parents!

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