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Charles Lantz Cabinetry
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Charles Lantz Cabinetry Nova Scotia has decades of experience building on expertise for home owners, entrepreneurs & contractors

Charles uses a table saw

Charles Lantz grew up in Blockhouse, down the road from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. His earliest building memories were as a young boy helping Beecher Spidle raise a roof over the family's back doorstep.

"Charles," said Beecher, himself a fine builder with an excellent reputation, "you're pretty good for a young boy."

"Beecher taught me," says Charles, "every time you turn around, do something."

Learn from the best

Several years later, the young man felt he wanted to learn something. He correctly believed Nova Pine, which employed Beecher, was the place to start. "It was a good atmosphere to learn from craftsmen," he says. And learn is precisely what Charles Lantz did, "the easiest, the fastest and the best way."

Today, Beecher says Charles "does excellent work, lovely work. I can't say anything but good about him."

What Charles Lantz may lack in a formal education, he more than makes up in experience. He credits several skilled tradesmen for his invaluable on-the-job mastering of his chosen trade: Beecher and his brother Duncan, as well as Garnet Oickle, Harry Robar and Knud Carlsen.

Charles stayed at Nova Pine three or four years, learning much about plastic lamination while building office desks and bank counters. Doing so from the "bottom up" was the way to go. "It was no problem," he says, "no big deal."

At H.W. Brady's, he learned the principles of laying out. "How important it is to do it properly. Being able to visualize the project before we started to build it." Without a proper layout, the builder - and homeowner - are heading for trouble. "Nothing fits," he counts down some possible disasters. "The sinks don't line up ... you could end up with cabinets that can't get through the doorway."

Laying down people skills

As Brady's manager, Charles Lantz honed his people skills too. The-then 27 year old managed a team of 19 builders.

He stayed with Knud Carlsen Manufacturing for several years, as manager during the last couple.

Next, he joined John Ross, where he remained a good 10-plus years. "I did all his custom, cabinetry work. At the start of the project, we'd talk a few minutes and then I wouldn't see him."

Sharing the credit

Today, Charles Lantz is quick to share the credit. "I'm as good as the people I have working with me. They're a good crew of people, team players." He has four builders, two assistants and an expert in finishing.

Charles Lantz Cabinetry was in the national magazine House and Home twice in four months. In the April edition, Ron Williams' Aspotogan house was featured. CLC built its cabinetry for kitchen, laundry and mud room as well as a solid surface tub surround, book case and built-in closet and side cabinets.

The July issue presents a fabulous spread on the Pye estate owned by Nova Scotia's Mary-Lou and Garry Pye. They called on Charles Lantz for a brass accented, luxurious bathroom and a guest bathroom.

Dana Tanner

The CLC Crew (in alphabetical order):

Dana Tanner
is a life-long carpenter who started two-years of extensive training as an 18-year-old at the Nova Scotia Community College. After graduating, and for many years, he did renovations, carpentry, concrete form work, construction and, in the late 1990s, signed on with Charles Lantz.

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

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

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

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

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

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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