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Look Around: Rocking chair maker Greg Harkins won't quit

Every chair Greg has ever made is an individual because each of them is hand made and therefore although they may be similar, they are like a fingerprint, no two are exactly alike. Source: WLBT Every chair Greg has ever made is an individual because each of them is hand made and therefore although they may be similar, they are like a fingerprint, no two are exactly alike. Source: WLBT
Well, changing the subject quickly, Greg says what he wants now is an apprentice. Source: WLBT Well, changing the subject quickly, Greg says what he wants now is an apprentice. Source: WLBT
“Biggest requirement is you will not quit. That is the one thing that has kept me in business for 42 years. I won't quit.” Source: WLBT “Biggest requirement is you will not quit. That is the one thing that has kept me in business for 42 years. I won't quit.” Source: WLBT
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

At my house I have what I have described as a rather extensive collection of nothing in particular. 

And it isn't all that valuable. Except maybe for my two Greg Harkins rockers. 

Although they are built on the same pattern, they are individuals. 

Every chair Greg has ever made is an individual because each of them is hand made and therefore although they may be similar, they are like a fingerprint, no two are exactly alike.

Well, if Greg follows doctor's orders, he may be down to the last two chairs he may ever turn out. After he got a rather sharp rap on the back of the head from a falling tree last fall, it seems Greg got more than just the need for stitches and a day off. 

Suddenly he came face to face with the passage of time as he was discussing things with his doctor.

Greg puts it this way, “He didn't give no pretty story any way you want to look at it. You know, like that. And I said something about making chairs and he said, Sir. That's if you ever make another chair. But it just seems that when you get batted on the head that hard at 62 it causes some problems. The two that I'm working on in there now those literally could be the last two that I ever make.”

In the back of your head, you always have the suspicion that there may come a day when you can't keep doing what you have always been doing. 

But you never figure it will happen any time soon, no matter how old you are. Greg says, “That is something that happens to old people. But Walt, if I had a mirror I would be looking at myself looking at you.”

Well, changing the subject quickly, Greg says what he wants now is an apprentice. 

Someone he can pass along the lessons he's learned in 42 years of making chairs, all of which are 10's on a scale of one to ten. 

And the biggest quality of that apprentice? “Biggest requirement is you will not quit. That is the one thing that has kept me in business for 42 years. I won't quit.”

And if I am looking back in a mirror when I look at Greg Harkins, I figure he won't quit now. 

It's more than what he does, it's what he is. He's a chair maker. 

You just can't let a knock on the head change you from what you are.

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