Carpentry & Woodwork

22-Year-Old Named As The Top Carpentry Apprentice Of New Zealand


Ethan Inglis has won the coveted title of the “Carpentry Apprentice of the Year 2016”. This title is awarded by the Bay of Plenty Registered Master Builders. Ethan underwent his apprenticeship at the Building and Construction Industry Training Organization and is currently employed by the firm Skilled Building Solutions.

year1Judges who selected the winners were of the unanimous opinion that Ethan displayed maturity far beyond his twenty-two years. They claim that he is a worthy winner of the title of the Apprentice of the Year awarded by the master builder association. They state that Ethan was confident and led others by example in all avenues of the entire building process. He has a sound knowledge of the workings of the industrial site and was able to identify problems and provide sound solutions to solve those problems. Others said that Ethan has strong communication skills and excelled at both the planning and implementation of a project.

year2Ethan was gifted with a range of tools to help him in his vocation. All these tools were state of the art and sure to evoke jealousy among even the most experienced workman. He was also given a gift check worth $2000 dollars to spend at the popular clothing store, Carters and a coveted spot in the Outward Bound Course.
The second place in the competition was awarded to twenty-year-old Alwyn Vickers who is currently employed by Parkin Builders. Twenty-three year old, Jacob Cvitanovich won the third place. He is employed by the builders, Venture Development. The results of the event were announced at a gala party held at the Yacht and Power Boat Club of Tauranga.

The event aims to showcase the future leaders of the construction industry and it also serves to help more young people to take up lucrative positions in the industry.

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Restoration Of The Darwin Martin House


The Darwin Martin house has often been called a masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was commissioned by Darwin D. Martin in the early 1900s. The wood trim of the house was created according to Wright’s design by a team of carpenters from Milwaukee’s Mathew Brothers Manufacturing Co. If this wood trim is laid down end to tend, it would measure to an astonishing length of 8½ miles. This wood work was done in an age when power tools did not exist.

After more than a hundred years since the original house was completed, a new team of carpenters and workers have moved in to restore the house and its magnificent woodwork to its previous glory. The workers have been wonderstruck at how the wood pieces have been joined together using tongue and grooves.

This team has been put together by John Hulley, a woodworker by trade. Wright had made elaborate drawings of each part of the wood trim before the work started. While comparing the drawings to the actual woodwork Hulley and his team discovered that they often seemed to mismatch. It seems alterations and modifications had been done when it was installed.

Theodore Lownie, a specialist in historic preservation has never seen anything as detailed as and Wright’s design. He said it has passed the test of time as well. The Martin House tours have been halted till the restoration work is completed.

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Time For The Girls To Pick Up A Hammer


Madison College located in Wisconsin is a technical and community college. This summer they will be offering young girls a chance to learn how to operate power tools as well as pick up some carpentry skills. Traditionally such camps are usually held only for boys, but now it is time to move in step with the future. There is a major deficit of skilled women workers in the construction field due to the propelling of this stereotype. Summer camps like this could help solve this issue in the foreseeable future.

Girls between the ages of 13 and 15 are invited to take part in this summer camp and help break the glass ceiling. Carpentry skills and the ability to handle power tools will give the young girls confidence in their talents and even help them make decisions choosing careers as they grow up. The idea for this summer camp was brought up by Sandy Thistle, a carpenter teacher at Madison College. She faced many obstacles in learning her trade and wanted to give the young girls a better chance at choosing their vocation.

There are workshops offered to adult women as well on carpentry and even woodwork at Madison College. These workshops can help women reach a decision before considering a career change into a new and exciting field.

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