Construction and the Elusive Bullet

I remember fondly when nail guns and other specialty tools were only a dream. That’s how long I’ve been building things. Now it seems pneumatic tools and fancy gadgets have become common place, and in some regards it’s a shame. Craftsmanship is becoming a thing of the past, at least for the general public. What used to be the standard quality some fifty, or even ten years ago, is now more scarce than a hammer actually hitting a nail; rather than banging something into place, a hammer’s main function in today’s building environment.

And don’t get me started on the quality of materials. I’ve spent the good part of a month looking for one bullet-straight two-by-four in our local mega-lumber store. It seems, like Ferraris, straight lumber is only for the rich. I assume lumber without knots is traded on the NYE, but I’m not sure. It's certainly not lying around at Hope Depot.

So what does all this mean for a home owner who wants, or needs, an addition, deck or renovation? Unfortunately it bodes ill, because I can only do so much. In fact, and this may sound pretentious, I do as little as possible. This is because I take my time, I do it right, and I do one job at a time, whether it’s building, designing or both. Being semi-retired at a relatively young age allows me the opportunity to work in this fashion and I guess I’m lucky, but I’m passing that good fortune on to you. I had the opportunity to attend higher education, even made it though those two years of architecture grad school, just so I could help you out.

In a nut shell, I’m not looking for work, I’m looking for a project. If you’re content to have the Hope Depot installers zip through your dwelling like lightning in St. Pete, I’m probably not your guy. On the other hand, if you want your project thought out thoroughly, designed with care and executed with craftsmanship, maybe we should talk. I may not be the best, but all my past clients agree, I do my best.

And if you come across any bullet-straight knotless wood, let me know.