Dan Shirley – Chicago Handyman
There have always been those we call when something breaks down. In the case of Dan Shirley, a Chicago master craftsman, the call never went unanswered.
The professional has made it his life’s work to help people improve or repair the various aspects that may fail from time to time.
While the pandemic has been a prominent point for many businesses, Dan Shirley and his crew of dedicated artisans have maintained and continued to provide incredible service to the good people of Chicago, Illinois.
He answered a few questions about his calling, the challenges of the pandemic, and some interesting influences that shape his craft.
Hey Dan, thank you very much for taking the time to answer a few questions. Let’s start with the obvious, what made you choose the home improvement path?
I’ve tinkered, repaired, and built all my life. It started with my grandpa building my derby car out of pine. When I saw his skills ignite the spark, I’ve built, designed, and repaired ever since.
As the pandemic continues across the world, how have you adapted or adapted to keep working?
The world won’t stop falling apart because of a pandemic so we had to keep it together for our customers. We continued to work on this historic event.
As a craftsman, you are sure to see a lot of interesting and challenging scenarios. Are there any special challenges that you have noticed from your experience?
We had to do some ceiling work in an area where we couldn’t get an elevator so we had to build scaffolding – luckily I worked with some long time friends who are also acrobats so they were used to being that tall
With that in mind, what was your proudest moment as a craftsman?
My proudest moments are seeing the people I’ve trained excel in their fields. The positive feedback for our employees makes me proud to build in Chicago
It is clear that services like yours are getting nowhere for the foreseeable future. How do you feel about the introduction of technology to support your work?
I don’t know how they did that before tech. I think that’s why craftsmen were getting older, you had to live a lifetime to have all the solutions. Everything is now available online so we can solve problems for customers who were left unattended just a few decades ago.
Since this is a form of artistry, I’m curious, do you have artistic influences that shape your work as a craftsman?
In any case, Bach and Beethoven have a great influence on my perspective. A building or a house resembles a symphony in many ways. Of course you shouldn’t forget the influence of real classic rock on a construction site.
Finally, what’s your plan for the next chapter of The Chicago Handyman?
We now offer a cabinet paint job which is an amazing way to upgrade a kitchen with no remodeling costs. The results are amazing and can be seen on our Instagram page.
Thanks Dan for your time!
You can find Dan Shirley at https://chicagohandyman.net. to contact