Lead Carpenter with 19 years in the carpentry trade, including 9 years as a lead carpenter and the past year freelancing, negotiating directly with the homeowner and subcontracting for general contractors.
Throughout my career anyone that works with me quickly notices that they can hand the most challenging or unusual projects over to me and feel confident that it will be completed to a high level of quality. I have framed additions that nearly double the size of the house, while able to follow through with detailed trim work such as built-ins, wainscoting, French doors, crown molding and stairs.
While with The Fine Woodworking Company, I built a large addition at the Smith residence in Great Falls. The exterior walls had so much glass in them that the plans called for steel framing rather than wood. My Union commercial experience in large scale framing allowed us to have the erection of the steel done in house, led by me. Only needing a welder after assembly.
I have also worked with cranes on-site to fly up trusses and other framing materials many times during my career. I am also experienced with foundation layout and concrete forming.
I deal directly with the customer on smaller projects. I work alone and do all of the pricing, shopping, and building. I easily gain the trust of many clients and have remained busy strictly through word of mouth for the past 15 months. Many references are available from this time period.
I was very fortunate to gain employment with this 30 year company which focused on completing high end projects ranging from large additions to
custom built-in installations.
My skills were improved dramatically by working with an experienced team of designers, planners and builders for almost 7 years.
I spearheaded a very large addition that really did double the size of the house. I ran a small crew of helpers, did every bit of the layout, managed subs, met with inspectors and performed all of the most difficult carpentry tasks. Drawings for truss dimensions for a large roof were submitted by me, and I was in charge the day the crane arrived to set them.
This was my 2nd time working for Schroeder. Tom was so pleased with me as a helper almost 10 years prior that he said I had a job waiting for me upon my return from California. He saw my abilities had reached Journeyman level and quickly gave me my own addition to be lead on.
During this time I gained very much experience in both residential and commercial construction. I did large scale framing such as schools, and became proficient in forming concrete on projects such as parking structures.
I also completed a 4 year apprenticeship which involved classes in addition to our on the job training.
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