Joey- Full Interview

Meet Joey

What brought you to Re:work?

I like to work creatively with my hands.

What was it like to be the OG crew member?

 I would get to the shop in the morning. Alex would come in and tell me what needed done and then he’d have to leave because he worked. Outside of Alex and Lindsay, I was the only employee for a couple of months.

Did you know how to weld before coming here? 

I had never pulled the trigger on a MIG welder until coming here. I took a short class once and then I bought a welding machine and had my garage wired to run it. That sat in my garage for probably a year. I never used it. When I came to Re:work, Alex had a smaller machine, so I brought mine in and started making stuff. Anyone who is fairly mechanical can pick up wire feed MIG welding pretty quickly. There’s a lot of skill and technique involved, but it’s not like TIG welding, which is an art and a science.

What’s your favorite power tool?

Hobart Handler 190 MIG Welder

Favorite Re:work project to date?

Homage Cincinnati. It was something you could easily explain to people when they ask, “What do you do?” That was cool. We did some retail displays on wheels and some tables and nesting carts. It was our biggest metal job to date at that time. But my favorite stuff in general to work on is the custom, one-off stuff. It’s the stuff that makes you actively problem solve.

What’s been your favorite one-off project?

A live edge table we did recently with metal butterflies. The base on it with tapered legs was super fun. It came together completely organically. I never had a design.

Have you made anything for your own home?

I did a foyer table. It was a 42-inch round top with a natural water-base finish. The base was a three-inch square steel tube. It’s three legs, and it comes together in a jack-style base.

What do you love about what you do?

I like to get projects done and set them over in a vacant space. It’s fun to be surrounded by your work before it leaves. A lot of people don’t have that sort of tangible thing they can put their hands on in terms of the work they do. I’ve been there and done that. It’s nice to have a tangible result to your work.

Favorite hobbies?

Riding motorcycles or cooking

You’re a pretty great cook.

I won a cooking competition once. That was in 2015. It was at Skully’s, and it was hosted by Brooklyn Brewery. It was called The Food Experiments. The theme was Smoke. I made applewood smoked Berkshire pork carnitas that I served on top of a hand-crisped tortilla with a charred pineapple habanero hot sauce and a peach pico de gallo. You had to create something like 300 small bites for people to try. The winners were flown to Brooklyn Brewery at the end of the year to compete against winners from other cities. I didn’t place in New York, but it was super fun.

What’s your go-to Columbus restaurant?

The Top Steak House. I get the surf & turf.

What’s a skill you’d like to learn?

TIG welding, brazing. I just picked up a TIG machine, so I’m going to start teaching myself TIG. I just fired it up for the first time, and it’s really difficult. It’s totally different.