What drives a man to want his career in life to be outside work at the mercy of hot, humid summers, and cold, wind-driven winters? Ben Harrison, proprietor of Harrison Custom Fencing in Boyce, Virginia, will be happy to answer that question.
Being outside was the first answer he gave. Not once did he did complain about the weather being too hot, or cold. He just wants to be out-of-doors. “Being my own boss,” was his second reason for why he started his custom fencing business back in 1982. Ben is not a man of many words. Good thing I had plenty of questions!
“What do you enjoy most about your business,” was my next question. He gave a little chuckle. “There is something fun about being in charge, having a crew, and having them work.” I laughed out loud at his response to this question, “What do you like least about your work?” His rapid response? “Don’t like rocks, too much to do.”
Questions turned to equipment as I asked him about that huge truck he used to drive the posts into the ground. Intimidating is a good word to describe this enormous truck. He called it a Guard Rail Post Driver. I called it scary! Ben could literally drive that massive machine from post to post through levers on the back of the bed! No time would be wasted climbing in and out of the truck to the next post. Hydraulic power was the force used to slam the 1,600# weight onto the fence post into the ground. That truck was frightful and amazing at the same time.
His crew of four men were kind and patient with all the questions and photos from this nosey PFO. There is something wonderful and amazing about men and women who work their job well. This is how I know they are good at what they do, because they make it look easy!
I hope you enjoy these photos. They speak for themselves for a job beautifully done. Thank you Ben and your fine crew.
Thank you again, Ben.
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