I’m very excited to announce that I will soon be building wheels full time!

The short version of the story is my wife and I are moving to Macon, GA to be closer to family, and when we do, I’ll be focusing full time on building wheels.  For the full story, keep reading.

I started Southern Wheelworks in January 2013 as a part time, nights and weekends side gig.  Mechanical engineering was my day job, working for a huge consulting company doing piping design and stress analysis for manufacturing and industrial facilities.

A lot has happened the last three years.  My wife earned her Masters degree, my employer closed our office right at Christmas in 2014, and two weeks later a small group of us opened a new engineering office for another company and started over.  It was exciting to be a part of that team, getting work and growing the company, starting from practically zero.

Meanwhile, Southern Wheelworks grew as well.  I built a lot of wheels, and got to know customers all over the country.  Lately it’s been almost too busy -it’s hard to work 40hrs a week, keep up with wheel builds, and find time to do other stuff, like spending time with my wife, or ride my bike, or sleep.  I can live without sleep, but I do miss spending time with my lady and riding my bike.  I rode only 5hrs in August.  FIVE!

I’m not going to lie – it’s  pretty scary to walk away from a full time well paying job to pursue a passion.  I’ve never been one for big risks, but, I’m really excited about the opportunity to do something I really love. I’m excited to have time to work on a few projects I’ve had in mind for a while, but haven’t had time to do.

Our time line is still in flux, but we’ve got a contract on a house and should be moving in early December.  I’m still looking for a space to set up Southern Wheelworks HQ, but I’ll hopefully have found a space and have it all set up by the end of the year.

For everyone who’s helped along the way, by buying a set of wheels, having me do some repairs, buying t-shirts, referring me to friends, etc – from the bottom of my heart, thank you.  Of course I have to thank my wife for being supportive, she has always been encouraging and the last few years she’s put up with me spending a lot of evenings after work shut away in The Wheel Room toiling away with a spoke wrench until midnight or later.  I’m looking forward to having more time to spend with her.  I wouldn’t be here without such a great supportive group of family, friends, and customers.

Now, please don’t stop spreading the word, I don’t want to get another real job.

Our future home. Photo from Wikipedia.
Our future home. Photo from Wikipedia.