Carpentry craftsmanship

Talking Trades: Carpentry – Craft, Business and Community Impact

Foreword by Ian Thompson, Editor

Take a brief glimpse into one of the most creative and skilled trades in the building and construction industry: carpentry. Good carpenters are worth their weight in gold, and unfortunately, our global building industry needs many more skilled tradespeople that can transform a bland build into something extraordinary.

Entering the trades should be considered as a business opportunity. With a good number of years of experience, working on as many diverse projects as you can, and investment in your own business training, you can start your own business. Carpentary, It’s a future-proof, creative, and financially rewarding career that’s unlikely to be replaced by AI any time soon.

From the video outset, you’ll witness Zach’s masterful balance of hands-on skill and professional management. Zach, a meticulous carpenter, takes as much pride in handling the tools as he does in overseeing his company’s operations. This harmonious blend is what separates elite tradespeople from the pack.

Carpentary, It’s a future-proof, creative, and financially rewarding career that’s unlikely to be replaced by AI any time soon.

Ian Thompson, Build Review Editor

The artistry extends well beyond Zach’s own work though. We’ll tour an inspiring 1970s home showcasing immaculate original carpentry – from structural wood framing to exquisite mahogany windows. This will give you an appreciation for the craftsmanship of yesteryear and set the stage for the masterclass that follows.

In this masterclass, Zach will walk you through the integration of rough and finished carpentry techniques required to achieve precision cabinet framings. We’re talking about impeccable execution honed over decades to ensure flawless installations and structural resilience that lasts generations.

But enough from me, over to you Matt and Zach.

Carpentry Mastery Revealed: Elevating Craft, Business and Community Impact

Video Transcript

Coming to you from Rutherford, New Jersey where we’re about to meet up for some bagels this morning with my buddy Zach Detmore. Zach is literally one of the most interesting carpenters I’ve ever met — an amazing craftsman, a super organized tradesperson, a really neat businessman, husband, father. Zach’s really got a cool story and has been doing this since literally he was a teenager. We got a really fun episode ahead talking trades. We’re talking carpentry, let’s get going.

Build Original Series hosted by Matt Risinger, “Talking Trades” brought to you by Front Door and Sashco.

“Heard the Jets lost last night?”

“Yeah, what are you doing here? Aren’t you from Texas? I needed a proper bagel, so I thought I’d come up to New Jersey.”

“How’s it going to treat me right here?”

“I think you’re going to be pretty satisfied with that. Everything that looks pretty dang good. How many jobs you have going right now?”

“We’ve got three jobs running right now – a full house, a live-in remodel, and a front porch.”

“Awesome. Yeah, these days, how much carpentry work do you actually get to do on those jobs versus management?”

“So probably 50/50, so about 25 hours a week of carpentry and 25 hours a week of management and running the business.”

“That’s not bad. It’s not too bad. Are you hoping that it would be a higher number of one of the other at some point?”

“I would like to make a strategic hire to make it more like 30 to 40 hours of carpentry again. Yeah, that’s that’s what I like doing, that’s what I want to be, and you’re really good at it. I’ve seen a lot of your videos, so hopefully, hopefully we can keep doing the work, a sort of that’s what’s always historically worked for us is doing and self-performing, so we don’t need a lot of jobs, we just need enough to support our small team.”

“Yeah, and that’s satisfying work too, isn’t it? It’s great seeing that transformation. Can’t get enough of it. I wonder if we can go see some jobs today, what do you think?”

“Let’s do it.”

“All right, let’s go.”

“Wow Zach, look how pretty this is. Not bad, right? Not bad, the house set in the trees with these beautiful rocks. Holy cow, so what’s the original age of this house? Originally built like late 1970s?”

“Oh man, look how beautiful this is. Let me give you a bit of a tour, show you some of our carpentry work. Finished, I like it. So what are we looking at here, you said ’70s house? How much of this, this kitchen is gorgeous. This has to be some of your work, right?”

“It is, for sure. We did, uh, three bathrooms and the whole kitchen living area, a little bit on the exterior porch. Ceilings, all original though, is this original?”

“Kind, kind of ’70s work we’re seeing here?”

“Yep, everything’s original in here. This was actually, an addition done in the ’90s, so you can see they’ve got, uh, glue lams instead of the original ones, which were just Douglas fir solid beams. Yeah, but pretty much every piece of wood you see in here is structural.”

“And is this, this house, have anything famous about it in particular? Or what was the, what was the company that, uh, that built this originally in the ’70s?”

“Originally was called an Acorn Deck house, an Acorn Deck house. They’re known as now, but they’re known for having these 8 inch spacings between their timber frame. And then the, seeing 8-foot spacing?”

“Right, 8 inches would be a little bit tight.”

“A little tight. And then they have, uh, this is structural cedar above here, so this wood you see here, it’s 3 inches thick tongue and groove that’s holding up the whole roof system and floor system. And am I seeing mahogany windows and doors, mahogany trim in this house too?”

“Yep, same thing. All, all original, everything was mahogany.”

“And these new windows were made by the original manufacturer from back in the ’70s. It’s got to make your heart sing as a carpenter, seeing all this mahogany.”

“It does, it does. And not just painted pine of some sort, right? It’s, sure. My, my goal as a carpenter is always to fool whoever walks in the house and not know where our work ends and the original work begins. And uh, that’s, that’s, that’s the challenge. It’s always fun.”

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“I, I would say that you definitely have done it on this house. And here’s the homeowner. Hey buddy, nice to meet you. Beautiful house. She seems like a great client. She’s, she’s been, you know, she’s been pretty good. Checks always cleared the, uh…”

“I was just going to say, ‘Is the check actually clear?'”

“So did you guys build these cabinets, cuz I know you guys do some of your own cabinet building, right?”

“We do some of our own, but we obviously subbed this one out because it was so large. Yeah, um, we’ve got a local, uh, brothers who, uh, did the design work and then they use a, uh, company in Pennsylvania to build these cabinets themselves. And they’re gorgeous. Really pretty maple drawers, look at this beautiful drawer work too. Zach, looks like all maple interiors. You’ve even got dividers, dovetail joinery, under mount soft-clothes, probably for the hardware. Is that white oak?”

“It’s white oak, yep, a veneer. And the cool thing is the, uh, mortise for the edge pulls, in the factory, if you’ve ever dealt with edge pulls, you know, sometimes designers or clients will add them afterwards, and then all of your reveals rub, and all of a sudden you went from an eighth inch reveal to an eighth inch reveal with a piece of metal in it, and the client’s never satisfied. So if you’re going to do edge pulls, this is really the way it should be done.”

“That’s awesome. And if you do it in the field and you use a router, you have all that likelihood that you’re going to get chip out.”

“Yep, so having it done before the finish is applied is is the way to go.”

“Huge. And uh, like interesting too that you’ve got cabinetry that’s modern but is a little traditional too, like inset doors I normally think of as a real traditional look, but here, very modern.”

“Yeah, it’s tough to sort of blend the two. One of my favorite details that you might not notice is if you follow this beam as it goes up, it’s passing right behind this cabinet, and that’s why you have this stacked effect, so these cabinets can open and you can see that beam passing right through. Way, that’s crazy. And then we were able to hold this one back and light it on the interior as well. Look at all the lights in there. Are these cabinets lighted as well?”

“They are.”

“Oh my gosh, that’s really… And the functionality of that, remember, is this ceiling we could not hide any wires, so it’s easier to put the lights in the cabinets then in the ceiling.”

“That’s really neat. So would you call this project heavy on finish carpentry?”

“You know, there’s we always think of carpentry, there’s two types of carpentry typically. I think of rough carpentry and finished carpentry. And then cabinets and casework and millwork, I don’t think of necessarily as carpentry, but more as cabinet making. Uh, are those categories roughly correct? Would you say?”

“I think conventional knowledge has them being separated – rough carpentry is framing, finished carpentry is what you can see and touch. But what is really important is to sort of integrate those. Everything’s actually finished carpentry because if you look at the framing of this cabinetry behind us, you’ll notice that there’s an even reveal on that side, and there’s an even reveal on this side, and there’s an even reveal at the top. And that was the framing, that’s the rough carpentry, but that was planned down to the 16th of an inch when we framed this.”

“Wow, um, and we need to, made a decision like this is actually an LVL stud or a versa stud by Boise Cascade. And that allows that to be nice and straight. It’s framed for the exact dimensions of the cabinet, so all of those decisions need to be made before the framer show up, so you’re not coming in to measure what the framing is to order the cabinets. It should be the other way around, right? And then up here we made a game day decision to lower this top because the renderings didn’t quite show how that beam was cutting across, so we made a plywood, basically a piece of L that was screwed to the 2×4 studs on the back wall to support this dam because when we first put it up, obviously a 14 foot run is going to sag, right?”

“That’s pretty cool. So um, I think that’s what we like to do a little bit differently is rough carpentry makes your finished carpentry easier. So instead of us having to scribe things to a bow, stuff we can just run straight through the table saw because we used a timber strand stud, for example. So interesting, so you really want to, I’d love to see us bring those trades together a little bit because if your, if your framing’s dead on, ties easier, drywall’s easier, every single trade you could. We could put a hundred shims on this island, inscribe it to the floor, or we could just take the cabinets, drop it on the floor, run the base and it’s a quicker install, so maybe. And who’s making more money traditionally, the framer or the cabinet person? So you really want to save that cabinet person’s time over the framer’s time, right? It’s better to pay the framer a little bit more to get things crispy than pay the tile installer to deal with the mud order, more thin set is a high-end job, high-end thin set, more thin set, more money. So I think you know, prioritizing making framing more like finished carpentry pays off and you have less client complaints. And you know, pays off in the details too. Look how crisp this kitchen is, man. Absolutely beautiful work. But this wasn’t the only thing you did in the house, right? Can we go check out some of the other spaces that you worked on?”

“Sure, let’s take a walk.”

“Okay, let’s go do it.”

“So here’s a look at this, uh, bathroom suite we did. Wow, this is gorgeous space. Holy cow, feel like you’re in a treetop bathroom here, right? These giant windows, it’s nice. And you know, talking about integrating carpentry, we did a Build Show video actually on Build Show Network about how to lay out your framing so that you have full tiles everywhere. Yeah, so no cut tile on that end or this end, because you laid out that rough carpentry in just the right dimensions.”

“Exactly, the client doesn’t care if this wall shifts plus or minus 2 inches, which is the width of the tile. Y, so by having the tile on site, making a story pole, we’re carpenters but we’re also making life easier for the tile installers. And the clients get the benefit of not having to look at that little sliver of a tile that’s, really cool. And if you ever go to like historic bathrooms from the ’30s and the ’40s, they usually brought the walls out with mud to get those full tiles. It’s only the last 70 years that we’ve just started being victims to our framing, start cutting slivers of tile everywhere.”

“Exactly. And just saying that’s the way it was, yeah. So, so Zach, I would categorize you as a lead carpenter, um, because you’re kind of the head guy, you’re doing carpentry work, you’re laying people out, you’re meeting electricians, you’re making sure this fixture gets put in the right spot, you’re solving problems, but you also have your bags on and are doing carpentry and rough carpentry and finished carpentry. And you have two carpenters underneath you as well. Is that, is that a correct, uh, assessment?”

“Exactly right. That’s sort of in my job title. I’m the owner of the business, but I identify as a lead carpenter in the field. And I think to become a lead carpenter, your job is to understand the mechanics of the whole project, not only what the design looks like, but also what size nail should be, wear what finish goes where. And when you’re experiencing all those callbacks, all those warranty calls, you’re empowered to say, ‘When a client brings a new product in front of you, say that’s not a good idea and here’s why.’ And it’s not, it’s not opinion, it’s experience. And it really benefits everyone. So we really, we really celebrate the lead carpenter. That’s the person, um, with the most power. It’s, it’s really in some respects, it’s an interchangeable term to the word ‘builder.’ I would say, right? Because Zach, you are understanding the entire project, the full scope, the full plans, including the budget and the homeowner relations. And so really, uh, your title as lead carpenter means that, uh, you’re that builder who’s on site on the project, managing the entire project, sometimes doing the details yourself, sometimes delegating those, but certainly coordinating everybody. Is that fair?”

“Absolutely. I mean, the major reason I’m not a builder is because there’s no land. You know where, where just outside Manhattan, there’s not a lot of new construction, so remodeling is always going to be there, and that’s what we do. And, and you know, the nice thing about what you do too is it’s almost recession proof, right? Uh, during the terrible recession we had in the US, almost 20 years ago now, I had nothing but remodel work going on. Uh, I had people that were willing to pay for it. Had I said I only do new construction, I wouldn’t have worked for a few years.”

“Yeah, absolutely. And that’s exactly when I started my business. And I think working through, um, those hard times, I had a deal going where I would repaint someone’s room, including paint, for $70 bucks. That’s, that’s what I started with. And that was full of furniture and I, and that’s just anything to make a buck back then. So great, but uh, you know, having that in my mind, I, I’m always. I, I like to get into new construction but I still, this has served me well. I’m going to stick with it.”

“I can see it. So I got two questions for you. Uh, I noticed as we walked in here that I didn’t see anywhere for the, for the water to go in the shower. There’s no drain, it doesn’t appear on the floor. How the heck do you shower in here and get the water out?”

“So normally we would try and put the drain as far away from the door as possible so you’re not getting puddling on the floor. This house has a, now 55, 60 year old duct trunk that runs around the perimeter of the whole building, ostensibly to feed air to the coldest areas, right? Which is fine, but because it was custom made when the house was built, there’s zero room, not even a ‘qu’ of an inch for pipes or anything when you get um, within the outboard most 3 feet of this whole house.”

“Okay, so normally you’d slope away from, and we would see a drain on that back wall. So where is it now then?”

“So the drain’s right here on the floor. We’ve got this tiled linear drain.”

“Oh, it’s a slot drain, oh that’s hidden really well. Whole unit pops out, okay. And then this can be problematic because water can just, um, overwhelm this slot and run right out, and then you’ve got a client with a wet floor. So we’ve put this acrylic piece, this is made for this exact purpose. If you have ADA compliance, this is low enough that you could put roll over it, roll over it no problem. It’s only, uh, 3/8 of an inch high, but, uh, it, it’s enough to stop the water, no water gets out now. And you don’t have that issue of a gasket because a lot of times you’ll get that gasket just right and 6 months of rubbing on the floor, this is a Tazo floor, so it’s very open. So if something’s dragging and touching this, it’s going to stain it or scratch it, so there’s nothing touching the bottom here we’re not relying on something that’s going to wear out. We’ve just got um, basically shingling, right? This is shingling over the top of this and any water that’s running this way is stopped by it. So it’s pretty, pretty nice fix. I did get it wrong a couple times before I came across that, you know, that’s part of one of the fun things about carpentry, uh, and lead carpenters in particular is you get to solve problems all day.”

“It’s true, like you wouldn’t think a carpentry task would be putting base molding around a bathtub, but because this is but because this is pitched the tub obviously when you drop it on the floor the tub is pitched, oh so you had to make the tub level, right? And we also had to cut the bottom of the tub. This is, I think it’s a like a crystallized marble type product, like like a synthetic marble, so we had to take a grinder outside with two vacuums, incredibly dusty work, scribe this tub. And then we added this bit of shoe molding around the bottom that’s, uh, 100% waterproof. It’s a polyurethane shoe molding that we pre-painted so we didn’t have to do any sort of paint work on the floor and bent it around the curvature of the tub. And it keeps the water out and it hides the fact that that tub is actually asymmetrical on the bottom. Oh gosh, that’s crazy. What a cool solution.

Is Zach, any other interesting carpentry, uh, projects that you did in this small bathroom? Well we’ve got a little uh item in this water closet over here, um, something that’s a bit of a signature for ours, okay? You have a wall mounted toilet. I don’t see any carpentry in here, so think about the tank of this toilet only comes up about this high, right? Okay, so you have wasted space above this. A lot of people do a shelf there. It kind of, to me, doesn’t look fully integrated with the architecture. So what we’ve done, look at that, you can hide a picture back there. That is awesome, make a little cabinet. Um, this is actually a drawer box, so you can order a dovetail drawer box, it’s going to be nicely finished on the inside. And then, oh my gosh, it slides out. What is back there? This is actually for service. So in a job like this, um, we have four drivers running all the LEDs. These are, uh, products that could potentially need to be removed or serviced, okay? So all these uplights have a driver back there and every once in a while one of those goes out so you might need to replace it. Exactly, so it’s here, it’s convenient. You know, an electrician can work without damaging anything. And then we also have the thermostatic control for the tub, so that tub does not control the hot water filling it. And by code, you need to mix in a little bit of cold with that hot, nobody scalds themselves. Exactly, we also have valves here to service the tub if you want to take it apart. So all of that stuff’s conveniently located here at a nice height. And the other thing you’ll notice is this is actually a sheet of MDO plywood, so we were able to just cut into this and have a relatively straight, consistent finish. And a nice little service cubby, but it looks like drywall but it’s hard like plywood so that your wall mounted toilet has something solid to mount to, right?

Exactly, and the nice thing is this will never crush because the wall mounted toilet has a steel carrier, so those bolts are squeezing. If you used a product like gypsum, it might over time, with moisture from cleaning around the toilet, might dissolve, so that’s not going to happen. And the other thing that’s not going to happen is the paint’s going to last longer because moisture does not get trapped in this, so you’re not going to have that latex sort of coming off. So that’s a pretty good thing. And then, that’s a really cool man, one of my carpenters, Kaylen, just put in these adjustable screws. It stops and a magnet, and then you can just… So now it’s got a set depth in the wall and it kind of magnets on, just. It’s a little unwieldy, but you’re not getting in there all the time though, yeah? That’s not an everyday project. And I heard, I heard a magnet on there, that is so awesome. Very cool man, I like that great project, Zach. Super impressive man, I absolutely love your work. How about we, uh, head back, check out another job?

“Let’s do it.”

“Okay, let’s go.”


“Guys, oh man Zach, it’s a pretty part of town right here, it’s nice, right?”

“Yes, how’s it going Kayln? Nice to finally meet you.”

“It’s good to meet you as well. Look at this pretty house you’re working on. What are you doing over here? Building some handrails, doing some decking, stairs? I like it, I like it a lot. Uh, looks like a mix of materials too, am I seeing some uh, AAC and some mahogany maybe, or cedar going on here?”

“Yeah, we got TimberTech in, okay? Then we got AAC that we’re wrapping around, and then we have mahogany that we’re using for the handrails. And then we got cedar for the balusters.”

“Any of this, uh, going on with oversight from a historic district? I mean it looks like a pretty significant historic house.”

“Uh, we haven’t had anybody like, I think it’s just the homeowners are just wanting to do it right, yeah. Pretty, like big fan of their historical house that they got, so they’ve been you know, giving us pointers or whatever they want to keep it, keep it true.”

“So what, uh, as the boss on the job, lead carpenter telling your other carpenter, what’s the hardest part of this job for Kayln, would you say?”

“I think the hardest part is uh, like physically executing this. This is really hard because you’re dealing with radius work, but you’re dealing with um, old houses. So you’re dealing with maybe the bottom radius doesn’t line up with the top radius perfectly plumb or straight. You’re dealing with all the existing circumstances. Then you’re dealing with natural wood which wants to twist. So just technically, this is some, you know, varsity level carpentry.”

“How about you dude, you made it? Get a letter jacket this year? I think too, maybe a pro snap?”

“Kayln, tell me about how you started with, uh, with Zach. I’m curious how you found him and how you got started in the business.”

“Instagram really, social media, big powerful, old De More 101 on IG producing for you still paying, money still paying the bills. Do any of your clients find you on Instagram?”

“Yeah, a lot of them do.”

“That’s awesome, about half? And so you sent him a message saying ‘I’m looking for work’ or what was the conversation?”

“Yeah, yeah. I had followed him for a couple years prior to before I even knew I was going to move up here. But then I was in the area and so, where are you from originally?”

“Georgia, Rome, Georgia.”

“Georgia, okay good deal. Yeah, so after I moved up here I knew that he worked in the area. And then I had a different job for 6 months or so. And then I just finally reached out and sent him a resume and I said ‘Hey man, I’m looking. I want to work for you guys like hiring or anything.’ And he reached back out and we went through a process and here I am now.”

“That’s awesome. So what were Kayln’s skills as a carpenter prior to starting with you? And where would you assess him today? He’s been with you for what, 18 months or so?”

“Yeah, I would say almost, maybe a year now, right?”

“Yeah, October, a year now, okay. So a year later, so so how has he progressed as a carpenter in that year, see? Yeah, when Kayln started he had all the like hand tools pretty much mastered, he could use all of that. I think, I think it’s always the most important thing is the, the process you’re applying, yeah? Because at the end of the day, um, the skills you need to remodel a house are huge and the compensation is a pittance compared to, compared to what you have to know. So you really have to be a master of applying a system to making sure you’re working through things effectively and thinking through the task. And he’s really, really succeeded at that because it’s, it’s a lot of carpenters really get stuck into doing the work and they, and they’re not able to step back far enough to think, ‘All right, how am I going to expedite this process so I’m working efficiently? If I’m cutting spindles, cut all the spindles. If I’m drilling, drill everything right.’ And that’s where the money’s made and he’s really, really excelled at that. Way to go Kayln, that’s awesome.”

“Kayln, I want to see some of your work man. Look at this, this looks beautiful. I like it, much. And is this the famous curve over here that, uh, I was hearing so much about?”

“Yeah, that is the famous curve. That was not easy, was it?”

“It was a tough one. But and it’s all primed now, but this is all solid mahogany, yep, solid mahogany. And you probably bought it as rough 6/4 or 8/4 stock, I bet, right?”

“Yeah, exact, picked it up and then mill it down and radiused it. It looks like it’s got one joint here too, cuz you’re obviously not going to find that much uh, wood to get a radius out of.”

“Exactly, that’s, it’s actually got a several joints, oh does it really? Yeah, this is like a series of miters, okay. So it’s got one here, about every like, I think like 17 and a half, 18 inches is another miter. Holy cow, to build that. And how did you join those miters? Are you using some kind of like a Festool, uh, Domino?”

“Doino, the Domino XL, okay cool. And Gorilla Glue, that’s really neat. Each Domino is about what, like 100 millimeters?”

“That means nothing to me. 100 mm, like that’s the 100s, what are we?”

“J, yeah you’re right, I don’t know, 4 inches? Four now maybe, like 5 inches? I’ll just say what pistol gives me, it was 100 mm but it set on the, on the tool.”

“So curious, uh, your boss has a lot of Festool equipment obviously. Did you learn all of that from him or have you kind of figured some things out on your own too?”

“Uh, it’s just kind of exposure. Zach’s pretty good about ‘Here, here’s the tool man, you know, like try it out, yeah.’ Try it out, you know, and then figure it out. Yeah, I think, I think like with the Domino, he showed me one time and then, you know, kind of sloppy the first time I used it but now I’ve gotten pretty comfortable. So all the, you know, fancy tools he’s got is like over time, yeah, I’ve gotten pretty dialed in on them.”

“I think that’s awesome. The first time you used a Domino, I was actually having you record it too, yeah?”

“Right, yeah, yeah. I was like ‘Use this and we’re going to film it.’ Shaking, don’t be nervous though, only 100,000 people will see it. But I think that’s an important part of the business too, is knowing that you want to be a carpenter, you want to be in any part of this industry, um, developing a personal brand is important. And him honing his skills on camera like we’re doing right now is is just another layer to every industry. But this, which by the way Kayln, you’ve been in videos for the last year or so off and on, uh, and I’ve noticed that you’ve gotten a lot more comfortable on camera. By the way, they’re shooting, Zach, if you don’t know, is shooting videos on buildon, so go check them out there. And we were talking about Instagram, it’s @demore101, but uh, I think he’s right, having that personal brand and feeling comfortable in front of a camera is the same as feeling comfortable in front of clients, you know? Cuz one minute you’re talking to the CEO who works in some downtown New York building and the next minute you’re talking to a laborer who maybe is new to American and doesn’t even even speak English very well, let alone communicate like someone else. It’s one of the things I love about our job is we see so many different kinds of people and different economic backgrounds and, uh, and different skill sets. It’s really fun, it’s awesome. It’s one of the fun things about our job.”

“Zach, we going to let Kayln get back to work? How about uh, we go grab some dinner in the city because I don’t spend much time in New York City? And then we’ll meet up tomorrow at Zach shop because we got a lot more, more to ask you about and a lot more to learn about this carpentry trade.”

“That being said, we’re talking trades, we’re talking carpentry. See you next time.”

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I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ thanks to my friends at Sashco for sponsoring this ‘Talking Trade Series’. First off, if you’re not familiar with them, Sashco makes a huge line of premium caulks and sealant that I use every day on my high performance builds. They’re a family-owned company that makes their products in Colorado, but they also have been a massive supporter of trade school education.

Now, if you are a trade school teacher watching this video, I want to tell you about their ‘Class Pack’ program which was designed for you to use in your classroom to educate students about sealant technology and application. Now I’ve been through a version of this program and it was really fun and educational. You can enhance your curriculum with their expert resources. Learn more at

Now, if you aren’t a teacher, you can still make a difference in this battle to bolster our trade base. Take the Sashco Challenge – volunteer at a local trade school in your town, capture the moment, share it on social media and tag @sashco, and your reward will be a free case of Lexel as a token of their appreciation for supporting trade education. Thanks again Sashco for sponsoring these videos.”

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