From the time I was a kid, erecting wooden boats with my dad, to adulthood, constructing decks and custom made furinture, I have always had a love of building. My training and extensive experience have helped me hone my breadth of skills and have only intensified my enthusiasm for attractive, efficient, sturdy structures.
I spent my high school years improving my woodworking and cabinet making skills. In 1997, I was certified in building trades by the Manhattan Area Technical College. Following my graduation from MATC, I went on to apprentice for a number of local carpenters before becoming a professional carpenter.
For two years, I worked for a local historical restoration company called Borst Restoration under the direct guidence of owner, Mel Borst. I also gained experience as a painter, working for a year with a local company, Mason Coatings. My most extensive experience came from working for seven years for local carpenter, Ray Nelson, where I was lead carpenter. Before starting my own carpentry business in Manhattan in 2010, I worked in Moscow, Idaho, gaining some envaluble experience framing houses.
Within each job, I have been able to work on a variety of projects which has enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of my own trade through work that has included: general carpentry on historic homes, expert-level finish work, cabinetry, custom remodels (especially kitchens and bathrooms), molding custom fireplaces and staircases (including a three-story spiral staircase), attic renovations and dormer add ons, custom furniture building, plaster work, new construction, custom decks and pergolas, door and window replacements, floor refinishing, and structural improvements. Along with those skills, I have also been able to attain an indepth understanding of all trades related to remodels and new construction. I have more than a fundamental knowledge of plumbing, electrical, concrete construction, painting and tile work.
Through all of this work there are basic principals that I value and strive to uphold: attention to detail; innovation; working with and considering the ideas and schedules of customers; open and honest communciation with customers, sub-contractors and co-workers; efficiency in my work as well as efficient final products; and, as always, measure twice, cut once.