Bobthe Handyman


Bob the Handyman

Bob Lieberman

Bob Lieberman

I started tinkering before I could see the top of my dad’s workbench.  He could fix anything and build most things.  I enjoyed working with and learning from him.   Along the way, many others guided me.  I helped my dad with carpentry and my older brothers with their bikes, then cars.  By the time my sisters were old enough for cars, I could work on them alone.

When I came of draft age, the Marine Corps was looking for a few good men; so I joined as a helicopter mechanic.  After my enlistment was up, I went to work for Standard Structures, Inc. where I became a journeyman gluer.  There, I learned about wood and some of its structural applications.  From there, I graduated to the role of a wood products inspector.  There was much to see and to learn—more structural applications, biological agents that attack wood, structural evaluations and the list goes on.  I spent a few years working with concrete and doing electrical work, remodeling and plumbing.   When I had accumulated a broad set of skills, I decided to put it to use by taking some “side jobs” to enhance my income.  After several years of side jobs, it was time to go into business for myself.

I was born in New Jersey.  My family moved to Santa Rosa when I was a toddler and I have been there ever since.  My son, daughter and grandson live in Santa Rosa too.  My grandson can’t see the top of my workbench…yet.   

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or as Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."

Martin Luther King, Jr.