My name is Balazs Moldovan – Welcome to the Hungarian Workshop!
I was born in Miskolc, Hungary in 1986 and my family and I moved to California in 1996. When I was little, I always enjoyed being creative with Legos and building blocks. My parents thought I had a real knack for building, so they kept buying me more and more, until I had two huge buckets filled. I could play with them for hours, which made them happy since I was quiet for most of the day, ha ha.
When I was 10 years old, I started taking an interest in my dad’s tools, and since he was a contractor, he had a lot of them. Sure enough, when I reached high school and wood shop class became available, I was the first one to sign up. That is where the love for woodworking started. (I also have a history of riding BMX bikes, so you could imagine how many ramps we have built.) Later down the road, when we moved to Las Vegas, I started working with my dad in the summer. We remodeled houses, so I basically had to learn it all – from electrical, plumbing, framing, tiling to you name it, but still my favorite was when we had to build and install kitchen cabinets.
After I graduated high school, I joined the carpenters union in Vegas, where I learned most of my skills in the apprenticeship program. Unfortunately, the company I worked for only worked with metal, but the money was great and I’m never opposed to learning new things, so I stayed with them for a few years. At the end of 2009, I was laid off like a lot of people in construction, and with no new projects starting up it looked kind of hopeless. Things were slow, but at least I still had classes at the Apprenticeship hall to keep me busy. One of my classes that season was fine woodworking, which was just what I needed at the time. It was in that class where I reconnected with woodworking and was able to build some outdoor furniture for the first time.
A little after that, I started making a few pieces of furniture for friends, family and a few customers. Whatever little money I made, I invested it back in to my garage by buying tools and materials. It was around summertime that I started making patio furniture, and to my surprise, they were a hit! I started selling at local swap meets and markets. Soon after that, I became a carpenter for a store called Rustic Living. My job was to create custom pieces or copy existing ones that can be painted by Native American artists. The great thing about that store was that I was also able to sell the furniture I made on consignment. After a couple sales, I had people asking me some serious questions, like: “What’s your company’s name”?”, “Do you have a website?”, “Can you ship across the US?”, things I wasn’t prepared for. Right then I knew, if I wanted my business to expand and work, I was going to have to put a lot more work and research into it.
So now, here I am, turning my dream into reality. Making sure along the way I do my best to make all of my customers feel happy and confident with their purchases and their relationship with The Hungarian Workshop.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy my site.