College was not an initial success for me. After a couple of years, I packed up my car and headed West. I needed work, and I gravitated toward construction. It was California, and there was plenty of construction work. I picked up a hammer and fell in love: the hard work, the satisfaction of building something with my hands, the creative process. I just fell in love with it. Over the last 35 years, I have earned my living as a carpenter in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Chico, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. I have had the pleasure of learning from some fantastic carpenters and teachers.
I moved to San Francisco in the nineties and had the pleasure of learning to remodel and re-build beautiful old Victorian homes. Much to my surprise, one of the homes we remodeled won a ‘remodel of the year’ award. An award?? I had no idea there were awards to be won in the construction business! San Francisco construction is unique in its challenges and rewards, and I loved being there and building there.
When my wife and I fled the big city for a quieter life in Portland, I looked to work for an ‘award-winning’ construction company. I found a fantastic crew at Metke Remodeling in Lake Oswego. Their customer service and attention to detail were unrivaled. The projects were gorgeous and unique. The carpenters were some of the best carpenters I had ever worked with, and I learned a lot about ‘finish’ or ‘trim’ carpentry. All of this fueled my desire to create a company of my own where that kind of work could be done.