Charles Lantz Cabinetry
The CLC Crew (in alphabetical order):
Dana especially enjoys being a custom builder. "There's always something different to do. I wouldn't like a repetitive job." The highlight of each project is seeing the finished job.
In his spare time, Dana enjoys fishing, hunting and . . . "once in a while" he says smiling, "working on my house."
Jeff Crouse joined CLC in 2009. To the job he brought carpentry and finishing skills honed over 20 years in the construction and auto body industries.
"I prefer finishing," he says. "I've spray painted enough that it's relatively easy, but it's still hard. The paint we use is an excellent product." He appreciates that everything is shipshape when it's handed off to him. "I keep painting and sanding, painting and sanding until it's done. " The highlight of each project is the satisfaction of seeing the finished job.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys gardening and working on his antique car. The 1962 Chevrolet is blue - for now - he'd thinking
about changing the colour."
Kyle Veinotte is another life-long carpenter. As an 18-year-old, he started the challenging process of becoming a journeyman by enrolling at the Nova Scotia Community College. Following graduation, and after a lengthy apprenticeship, he earned his certification.
Kyle enjoys the custom nature of working at CLC. "I like variety," he says. "Everybody has different ideas. Everybody likes something different in their kitchen."
In his spare time, Kyle enjoys playing hockey (any position but the net) and being outdoors boating, fishing, snowshoeing . . .
Mike Drew began carpentry in the early 1990s. While working on-site for John Ross, he met Charles Lantz who was then working in John's cabinetry shop. Mike next signed on with several other contractors before settling in at CLC. "Five years ago there was an opening," he recalls. He took his chance.
Mike appreciates cabinetry. "It's more precision. More refined." And it sure beats working on a roof at -20 degrees in a fiercely blowing wind.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys fishing and exploring the region and beyond.
Ricky Hirtle joined Charles Lantz Cabinetry in 2000, and he's been a carpenter pretty near his whole life. For awhile, he thought he'be a mechanic, but age 16, he started his two year carpentry course at the community college. Not surprising - both his grandfathers were employed by Lunenburg's Smith and Rhuland. As shipwrights, both worked on Bluenose II.
Ricky ran his own business for 20 years, then worked for several local builders. He's known Charles most of his life. "I didn't expect to be working for him," he says smiling. Lucky for Ricky, his move from mechanics to carpentry was a good one. "I like it all. Each project is unique."
In his spare time, Ricky enjoys building and flying Remote Control airplanes and boats, listening to shortwave radio, and
touring with his wife, Rose, on his Suzuki cruiser.
Roy Parsons comes from a family of carpenters - in 1990, he started five years of building in Halifax, but decided working closer to home sounded like a better idea.
In 2001, he became a Charles Lantz cabinetmaker. He admits he used to get stressed, worry about getting everything just right. "I've driven quite a distance to check the measurements," he says.
Roy especially likes building framed cabinets - maple and cherry Shaker kitchens. And he gets quite a kick out of seeing how happy CLC clients are at the end of the project. The response can be surprising. Brenda Cook readily admits to breaking down in tears when she first saw her finished kitchen. Ever the perfectionist, Roy was concerned she wasn't happy!
In his spare time, he enjoys bowling, playing hockey and soccer and doing yardwork.
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