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Carpentry as a trade dates back thousands of years; the first carpenters were simply those who built their homes from wood, an indigenous material found throughout the world. For centuries, the carpenter worked exclusively with wood; constructing houses, buildings, ships, bridges, etc. Wood provided the workability and usefulness in a world where the only other structural materials available were stone, bone and metal, each one presenting their own difficulties.

Modern carpentry however, utilizes dozens of types of materials other than wood; in fact the average carpenter of today touches wood in only ten percent of his daily work. Plastics, such as vinyl, polyvinylchloride (PVC), polyurethane, and fiberglass, composites, metals, and other man-made products all provide substitutes for traditionally wooden components, for better and for worse. Plying the carpentry trade today presents greater challenges as the supply of quality lumber products dwindles while the prices continue to increase.

Generally speaking, we try to choose wood products for any application where the correct use and type of wood will be superior to that of other man-made materials, either for aesthetic or functional reasons. For example, we frame our houses and additions with quality, grade stamped dimensional lumber. We try to hand pick the moldings and trim lumber that we use from quality sources. If we had our way, all our house projects would be clad in cedar shingles or cedar clapboard.

It has been said that we have a reverence for wood, bordering on romanticism, and it is true. There is pleasure to be derived from the look, the feel and even the smell of working with wood. That being said, however, we do specify virtually every type of building material for our projects; wood, plastic, steel or otherwise, depending on individual customer tastes, design specifications, cost factors, maintenance concerns and optimum application.

Regarding carpentry techniques, we follow all standard and traditional conventions and methods in our construction, much of which has not changed for one hundred fifty years. Although we utilize modern tools such as nail guns, power tools and lasers for production, we still assemble our work with precise joinery, workmanship and attention to detail. Please visit our project gallery to see some examples of fine carpentry.


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