While working as a carpenter in New Mexico in the late 90s, I encountered green
and alternative building methods, such as straw-bale and rammed-earth construction.
These techniques fired my imagination and enabled me to literally break out of the
traditional box and build structures that are sustainable, energy efficient and
appropriate for their environment. Moving to the central coast of California and
starting my own business has allowed me to pursue green building with even greater
enthusiasm. As my business has grown, I find myself constantly juggling a multitude
of tasks from working with clients, collaborating on designs with architects, supervising
subcontractors and ensuring that quality is never compromised.
I'm convinced that quality starts with having the right attitude. I've noticed the
way in which tradesmen present themselves can often be a good predictor of their
work quality — and the same can be said of the tools
they use. The guy who shows up for a job with cheap tools bouncing around the bed
of his truck may possess a similar level of pride in his work. It's not just about
image, it's about self-respect and the knowing that cutting corners is never acceptable.
Maintaining high quality is the primary reason I use Festool. My first Festool was
a Domino Joiner, which opened my eyes to the
concept of tools that are exceptionally precise, bulletproof, and uniquely functional.
Before getting the Domino, I used a biscuit joiner, which never delivered the accuracy
and versatility I had hoped for. But the Domino has proved to be the ideal way for
me to make strong mortise-and-tenon joints for a variety of applications. I've used
it to join cabinet and closet doors, and even to make intricate fence details. Once
convinced of the quality, efficiency, versatility, and accuracy of Festool, I began
to acquire more tools including TS 55 and TS 75 Track
Saws, a CT 26 HEPA Dust Extractor
and a Kapex KS 120 Miter Saw. Finish carpentry
is one of the favorite parts of my job, so I recently used the Kapex to precisely
cut wood railings for a glass and metal staircase. The saw's ability to accurately
make complex cuts is exceptional.
Being a person who's committed to promoting a healthy environment, I'm particularly
conscientious about keeping the work space clean. When working on restorations,
I depend on the CT 26 to reduce airborne dust to the absolute minimum. It's an important
workhorse because it's compatible with all the Festool power
tools I own. In many respects, it seems that Festool holds true to the same
ideas I have about quality, the environment and superior design — and that's why
it's a good fit for my business.
As a kid growing up in Boston I had a natural inclination to make and fix things,
so it's fair to say that I found my passion early in life. As the owner of Cullen
Construction in San Luis Obispo, California, I've refined that passion as a contractor
who's committed to building healthy, sustainable, and beautiful structures.