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Edward Siegel (Edward's Automotive)

Welcome to this week's #benchmarkspotlight (formerly the #weldershowcase) - we had the opportunity to sit down with Edward from Edward's Automotive and talk a little shop.
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Name:   Edward Siegel
Business Name:   Edward’s Automotive
Location: Angie, LA
Specialties: Auto Painting, Welding Fabrication - I build custom cars. I also do dustless blasting & metal shaping building cars from scratch.
Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
I’ve been working on cars my whole life. It’s a passion. I’m 61 so I’ve been interested in my work for well over 50 years 
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
im passionate about my path and purpose…it’s fulfilling and rewarding. It enabled me to become debt free. I own my shop and land. It’s something I’m very proud of.
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
My English wheel I built it I’m planning to build cars on YouTube.
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
The bronco I just built the body from the floor up
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
working for chip foose , creating cars from scratch learning to draw like he does
What BA product is your favorite and why?
flap wheels they’re so well made 
What BA product surprised you in terms of quality - what about it set it apart from the competition?
the flap wheels they last ten times longer than any other brand 
What tips and tricks do you have for us that might be different or eye opening for others to try with BA product?
Yes let the products do the work don’t over apply pressure trying to make them work faster …this will greatly increase the life of the flap wheels
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
Marcel sheet metal shop , his work is the best of the best
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Work ethic develop a good work habits stay clean and organized. Listen to people that have more experience than you and never stop trying to achieve your goals. The harder you work at it the faster you’ll achieve success 
What are your future plans for your shop?
to build hand built aluminum cars from scratch , light weight high hp bad ass rides on every six months.
Thanks for sitting with us and sharing your story with the community - is there anything you'd like to add?  
thank you for making awesome product


A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Edward! Having your own shop and land to stay out of debt is huge in keeping you stress free from expensive bills.  That's the way to go!
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