New Talent at JLC

Steve DeMetrick

Steve DeMetrick

After graduating from Georgetown University in 1995, Steve DeMetrick went to work for Habitat for Humanity in Washington DC as an Americorps volunteer. That’s where he caught the building bug that led him to become a carpenter and builder. Two years later he moved back home to southern Rhode Island, where he still resides, now with his wife and four children. Steve’s company, DeMetrick Housewrights, focuses on high-performance residential building with an emphasis on meticulous woodwork, craftsmanship, and customer service. Two years ago, Steve’s company completed the first certified Passive House in Rhode Island. He’s completed a second certified Passive House as well as several net-zero and net-zero ready homes.

Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy of Mike Kennedy Carving.com specializes in hand-carved tangent handrailing and custom stairs. His work can be found in some of the finest homes in New England. When not building fine stairs or carving handrail Mike enjoys building guitars, creating art and music, gardening, horseback riding, hunting, and just running around in the forest. Mike lives in Foster, Rhode Island with his wife and various animal friends.

Gary Striegler

Gary Striegler

Gary Striegler is the President of Craftsman Builders Inc., in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has over forty years of experience as a home builder, trim carpenter, and occasional furniture maker. Gary has been a frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding, The Journal of Light Construction, Tools of the Trade, and This is Carpentry, as well as starring in several how-to videos on trim carpentry, and teaching classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.  Each year, he travels to Honduras and volunteers for construction projects with Mercy International.