Meet Versatile’s Newest Drafter: Taylor Rife

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Taylor Rife

Taylor Rife is Versatile’s newest Drafter. He has a Certificate of Computer Aided Design and Drafting from Portland Community College and a Culinary Arts Diploma from Oregon Culinary Institute. He drove a cab for four years, commercial trucks for a short time and cooked in a variety of restaurants. Read on to find out what inspires Taylor.

1. You’ve been brought on as a Drafter for Versatile. Tell us about what your areas of responsibility will be.

Taylor Rife:  I will be working mainly with cabinetry; drafting for shop drawings.

2. Tell us about your background. What aspects of Versatile’s work and process are most similar to your previous work? What’s the most different?

Taylor Rife:

I have a culinary background and a background in transportation. Similarly, I really enjoy the creative collaboration with engineering and communicating with others in a progressive environment. In a sense, the detailed way that things are done are very unique which makes it different as well.

3. What inspires you about custom manufacture?

Taylor Rife:

Architectural design and specifically woodwork, is an organic art form, which makes it a very interesting subject.

4. Describe one of your favorite past projects. What were the challenges? What were some of the features that made it memorable?

Taylor Rife:

A lot of my training was in 3D/solid modeling CADD programs (Solidworks, Inventor). I worked on a variety of applications, including mechanical and consumer product design. The satisfying thing for me is in the details. Putting a lot of work into all the little things.  Geometric and parametric features that enhance the functionality and beauty of a product. Then seeing the end result be awesome, it is a great feeling.

5. What are the top 3 things on your “bucket list?”  

Taylor Rife:

I don’t really have a defined bucket list, but I do really enjoy traveling; the outdoors. I’d like to travel to a lot more countries and gain some fluency in Spanish and/or another language. Eventually, I’d like to own a small piece of property somewhere rural. One day, I’d like to play in a band again.


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