Making a living
At Davson and Davson Port Plaza Store making household items is not just a job, it’s a family trade that has survived from generation to generation.Located on Drysdale and Lombard Streets, the small shop offers customers a variety of plumbing, farming and household items made from galvalume or galvanised sheets.
According to Carl Davson, 44, “My grandfather is the founder. He normally do plumbing work…”
Each member in the Davson family has learnt how to bend the galvanised sheet into pots, buckets and feed cans, among many other things.
Davson, along with his uncle, 59-year-old David Davson, has been running the store which David says has been in existence for over 15 years.
According to David the business is “keeping my head above the water. The things we produce is of domestic purpose and everybody crave for it.”
“I’m proud that we can keep the family trade alive,” he added. He said that some of his children are in Barbados living prosperous lives off a similar trade.
“I learn the trade since I was six. From school I went straight to the workshop,” David related. “It was in Barr Street, Albouystown that my father use to make it at home before we came to this location.”
“I really love making these things; it’s nice but hard sometimes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Carl Davson said that he first learnt the trade back in 1982, and that is all he has ever known: “From the time I leave school I join the workshop and I find that I enjoy it and I never did anything else.”
The Davsons teach the trade to persons in their Albouystown community and offer employment to about seven persons at the small store. According to Carl Davson, the family has a small outlet in their home community.
Over the years, the Davsons noted, the business has grown, despite the ups and downs.