Having just completed his second summer season with us, Bertie has been a huge asset to the team since he joined Country Tipis. We had a quick chat and asked him a few questions:
How did you wind up working at Country Tipis?
I saw the job advertised on Gumtree and noticed it was just down the road and thought hey, brilliant! I didn’t really have any expectations, though I knew it would be a physical job working mostly outside and I hoped it would be good fun!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items could you not live without?
Music (to keep me entertained)
My Tipi Team-mates (because they’re great)
Alcohol (I’m hoping that the high water content will keep me hydrated)
Walk me through your typical day at work.
I start the day by getting picked up from my place, arriving at work for the designated time, then have the piss taken out of me from the start of the day until the end of the day. Once we arrive at the set-up location, we measure up, build the Tipis or Celeste, kit them out with flooring, furniture & lighting. We then sit down to enjoy a bit of lunch, after which we return to the yard, unload, reload and go home to get some rest before the next day.
What aspect of the tipi build do you enjoy the most?
I prefer building to taking down. I love going up the ladder and rigging up the electrics – fairy lights, chandeliers and everyone’s favourite – the disco ball.
What do you do with yourself throughout the quieter winter months and how does it compare to building tipis?
I work for private families as a household manager / chef in the winter. This is very different as I’m working alone, whereas I work as part of a team in the summer. I do enjoy the camaraderie that comes with working as a team!
What’s your favourite aspect of working at Country Tipis?
Every day is different, every job is different. I like the people the most – they’re a good bunch of people who have fun whilst building these structures. Who wouldn’t have a good time working here?!
If an alien walked up to you asking for your advice on tipi building, and you only had 30 seconds to give them your best tip, what would it be?
Get a reliable, hardworking crew who have a passion for doing it. It’s not easy work – carrying tables, chairs and other heavy kit in often boiling weather. You’ve got to have a passion to get up in the morning and come to work – it’s not easy getting up so early in the morning to carry stuff!
What makes Country Tipis stand out from the rest?
Country Tipis is a very professional outfit who take pride in what they do. The whole crew show attention to detail with everything they do, no job is rushed – everything is finished to a high standard and is nothing short of perfect.
What is your favourite product that Country Tipis offer
The rustic pallet-wood bar finishes the Tipi well, as well as the nimbus Tipi which creates a separate area outside.
Thanks for the insights Bertie, until next year!