Hi, I’m Matthew. I’ve been performing home repair, design, and construction since 1988. I’ve always been fascinated by the trades. Seeing craftsmen or an artisan take raw, bare material and create something of beauty, form, or function. That intrigue drove me to explore what it meant to be a craftsman, how did they start, develop and grow. Later I realized that while the value of being a craftsmen might be misunderstood, they would always be able to support themselves. The job, scenery, and pay rate might change but those skills will always be useful. Each artisan has a preferred medium they like to use. The medium isn’t as important as their capability. Skills are transferrable, expandable and valuable. My first interest was metal, I have a degree in Machining, worked as a Machinist and toolmaker for many years. My medium of choice is wood and building materials. Machining called for many of the skills I use in construction. My attention to small details is something I took for granted for many years. One day I discovered that many people only focus on getting the job done. They don’t ask, Does it work? Does it look pleasing to the eye? Is this the best course of action? I do consider those questions and many more. I consider myself a partner with that project and strive to do the best with what I have and the parameters I have to work within.