June 25, 2018
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Lincoln retiree makes, sells custom bunk beds

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — Brad Ulrick is not particularly good at sitting still.

The 71-year-old retired Texas Instruments computer programmer is a part-time astrologer and a U.S. Air Force veteran who writes poetry and makes bunk beds. It’s the bunk bed business he seems most excited about.

“The nice thing about making beds is people seeming happy and seeing the looks on their faces when their kids climb on them,” Ulrick said Thursday. “There is a lot of satisfaction in making something that is not necessarily artistically beautiful but it looks good, and it’s solid and strong and will last a long time.”

“It’s more of a hobby than a business,” Ulrick added. “The money part of it doesn’t really matter so much.”

Ulrick’s home-based Husky Beds manufacturing business was among four businesses the Lincoln Planning Board granted land use permits to with 4-0 votes during the board’s Sept. 21. meeting. Located at 762 Transalpine Road, Husky Beds targets families and cabin and trailer owners who have small spaces for bedding, Ulrick said. His double- and triple-bunk beds run from $350 to $525 and come in sizes ranging from twin to king.

“Most people who would be interested would be those who have children,” Ulrick said. “I had a lot of doctors and lawyers who had cabins … People that have summer places similar to this actually like them.”

He also makes desks, massage tables, book shelves and other items customers request.

Ulrick readily acknowledges that his bunk beds aren’t fancy. Made of two-by-fours and two-by-sixes, they are hand assembled with wood screws — no nails.

“They look nice, but they aren’t going to compare with fancy furniture as far as that [aesthetics] goes, but they will definitely compare in strength,” Ulrick said.

Ulrick has made about 30 of them, mostly in Texas, where he lived until moving to Lincoln a year ago. He prepares the wood in his basement and assembles the beds in a barn on his property with the help of his wife, he said.

Making bunk beds “is a good hobby to have,” Ulrick said. “It keeps me busy.”

Husky Beds is among 11 businesses granted permits in Lincoln since Code Enforcement Officer Bruce J. Arnold assumed his position in mid-May, he said Thursday.

The other new businesses approved by the board, Arnold said, include:

— Crafters’ Fair, 57 Main St., a part-time business that will offer art and woodwork sales on Fridays and Saturdays. It is located in the former RSU 67 main office.

— Cumberland Title Searches, 1 Burton St. The company, which opened Oct. 1, has a sole employee, Betty Jordan, who handles real estate title searches. It is a new satellite outlet affiliated with other Cumberland Title offices in Portland and Brunswick, Jordan said Friday.

— Acres Away Real Estate, 70 West Broadway. Owner Violet Dube-Moody purchased Burnell Bragdon Realty for an undisclosed sum and moved into that office in June from its former location at 20 Main St. in Howland, Dube-Moody said.


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