Oamaru company Firman Joinery claimed the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Master Joiner Awards at the weekend. Emily Menkes talks to business partner Hamish Kane about the win.
Q What did the competition involve?
The Master Joiner Awards are the largest of their type in New Zealand. There were 180 entries from around the country and 52 were in the same category as us. We won four awards: Best Regional, Best Use of Creative Lighting, Best Kitchen and the Supreme Award.
Q How did you feel when you won?
It was very overwhelming, actually. You get a few days to look over the work and it really is the best of the best. When we had a look around the room and saw the quality, we were unsure we would be in the running for anything. Personally, I thought if we came away with one prize, we’d be doing great. Then we won the regional prize and the awards just kept on coming. It was amazing. We weren’t expecting that at all but we were very pleased. It was great to do that with Gary [Firman], who has put so much into the business. It is an awesome result for our team of skilled tradesmen that worked on this project.
Q How long has the business has been around?
Firman Joinery has been around for 27 years. Gary founded it and I bought into the business and have been part of it for eight years.
Q What made you become a joiner?
It’s something I wanted to do when I was back at school. I’ve done it my whole life and had an internship straight after school and then it went from there.
Q What was the last movie you saw?
That’s a damn good question. I don’t watch a lot of movies – I don’t have the time. I watched a James Bond film recently. Spectre. It was on TV a few weeks back. It was pretty good.
Q What are your interests outside of work?
I like boating, fishing and motorbiking. I also watch a lot of kids’ sports. My boys play at the Valley Sports Club.
Q Who are your dream dinner guests?
Richie McCaw – he’s just a legend. A down-to-earth legend, all I need in a dinner guest.