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Entreprenuer ditches law career to build woodwork school

31 October 2016 3:20 PM

Buster Tinsley decided to use his love of woodwork to offer carpentry courses after 18 years as a lawyer - and hasn't looked back.

Buster Tinsley practiced as a lawyer for 18 years of his life before branching into a career in carpentry.

As a UCT law student in the late 60s , he would spend his semester vacations building cupboards for extra cash.

Today, the Mercury School of Woodwork allows Tinsley to share his gift for woodwork with others.

He founded the school and teaches intensive courses at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.

I always had a passion for woodwork and I happen to love teaching. I do both now and its a great place to be.

Buster Tinsley, founder of The Mercury School of Woodwork

I've always had a firm belief that if you can earn a living from your passion, that's first prize.

Buster Tinsley, founder of The Mercury School of Woodwork

The school brings in a mix of people and professionals on a short-term and part-time basis.

Protege Courtney Versfeld joined the school after leaving her career as a swimming instructor.

She says she's learnt a great deal of skills and would like to explore refurbishment or making new products for flea markets.

Tinsley says that more than half of his intake of students are women, adding that women are underrepresented in the industry - something he wants to change.

He spoke openly and extensively about his love for woodwork with CapeTalk host Pippa Hudson.

Hear the inspiring conversation below:


31 October 2016 3:20 PM

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