Having worked for about 40 years at the Fechters factory, Victor van Rooyen is ready to lay down his tools and enjoy a quiet yet adventurous retirement with his wife.

Jim working on his last piece at the factory.

Victor, or Jim as everyone fondly calls him, joined the team back in 1978 at the tender age of 19. With a passion for woodwork and a twinkle in his eye, Jim quickly worked his way up in the factory from sander to master furniture crafter. His passion and love for woodwork came from watching and working with his father at his childhood home. As he puts it,