Although I grew up in the city, I spent lots of my time during the summers on my grandparents' farm and had plenty of exposure to farming and ranching machinery (including windmills).
As I got older I wanted to become a welder and went to welding school. Then my career path changed and I went into the manufacturing field as a machinist then eventually obtained a degree in automotive technology and became a mechanic.
Sometime around 1999 my grandma told me I could have one of my grandpa's old windmills. I thought it was beautiful and wanted it to be out on my place. I became focused on my new/old windmill and found out all I could about the different kinds of windmills and about the windmillers that still work on them. Then I met a windmiller that allowed me to shadow him around. That was when I began learning the mechanics of how windmills work.
Several years later around 2005, I purchased my own well service truck, got my pump installer's license and began helping folks keep their mills running and water pumping. I had become a windmiller and Prairie Legend Windmills was born!
At the end of 2011, my wife and I sold our full time automotive repair business we had operated in order to start the year, 2012, working at Prairie Legend on a full time basis.
Windmills have been "green technology" for over 120 years. It seems to me to be a great time to be involved in the old and the new of water pumping!