Grant- Full Interview

Meet Grant

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Don’t let him fool you—that Christopher Walken impression is uncanny. Grant’s our lead carpenter. He’s been with us for the past year and a half, and we’re still amazed with his creativity, patience and skill.

Q: When did you first get into carpentry?

A: About five years ago. I never took a shop class. My grandfather did a fair amount of carpentry. His brother was a fine woodworker. He made grandfather clocks and stuff like that. I couldn’t even read a tape measure five years ago. A really skilled carpenter, Tom Boyes, was probably my first mentor in carpentry. I built myself a platform bed. I thought if I could do that, then I could build an end table. And then I needed a dresser. It just went from there, and people started asking me to do stuff for them.

Q: What do you love about what you do?

A: Being able to visually see your final product. And every day is a challenge, because you’re always learning something new. Alex and Lindsay are the best bosses ever.

Q: What are you working on right now?

A: A pedestal table base for a round outdoor table. It’s my first pedestal base in this style. The structural framing is different. That’s another thing I like about this job—50 percent of the projects I get are something new. I always like a new challenge.

Q: What’s your go-to power tool?

A: Jointer. It’s a tool that makes everything flat. It squares up your board. It’s one of those control things. I didn’t use one until I came here. I don’t know how many times in the past I thought Man, I need something to flatten out this board. Now I have one in the shop.

Q: Favorite thing you’ve ever made?

A: For Valentine’s Day, I built my girlfriend a jewelry box. It was small and very tedious, but it was very gratifying to see the final product. When I was in construction, all of the interior carpenters would throw out their poplar and oak. At the end of the day, I would go dig out some of that lumber that was usable, so I used those free materials on her box. It has three little drawers and an open top on it. It’s whitewashed. The drawers are small, and I was always used to working with big lumber. It took me two months.

Q: Hobbies?

A: I like to go see live music. My friends will find a random band at a venue, so we like to concert hop a little bit. I like Woodlands Tavern a lot, and I typically like little jam bands. I enjoy the outdoors a lot. I used to go hunting and fishing, but I live in the city now, so I haven’t been getting out in the country that much.

Q: Favorite local eats?

A: It changes monthly. Marcella’s. I like Arch City a lot. Press Grill never disappoints. If I feel like spoiling myself, I’ll go to The Avenue and get a nice steak and red wine.

Q: Skill you’d like to learn?

A: Lathing. They turn really fast, and you take a pick to it and you’re able to make round pedestal legs and stuff like that. I’d love to get a lathe in the shop.

Q: Little-known fact about you?

A: I do a great Christopher Walken impression. It’s really Nate who eggs it on a bit. I actually don’t think I do that great of an impression, but he loves it.