Q&A with Carpenter Kenton Graves

Kenton is a fourth year Carpenter from Courtenay, BC. He developed an interest in trades growing up when he helped his dad out with renovations around the house. Years later, Kenton grew from being his dad’s assistant, to leading projects as his boss! Kenton blends his carpentry skills and passion for mountain biking.

Q1: What inspired you to pursue a career in skilled trades?

I pursued a career in trades because I’ve always had an interest in building. I started working on home projects and helping around the house at a young age. My dad was never a certified Carpenter but a jack of all trades. He introduced me to his passion for DIY projects. Years later, I went from being dad’s assistant to leading projects as his boss! My dad is my biggest inspiration. Without him, I probably wouldn’t be where I am now.

Q2: What do you love doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love to mountain bike, build mountain bike trails and help with home projects for family and friends. I’ve been able to use my carpentry skills to build mountain bike trails. From building wooden features like bridges, skinny’s, drops—you name it, I can build it.

Q3: What do you feel most proud of?

I am most proud of the deck I built for my folks. As a little kid, I helped my dad and his friend build a deck, which first got me interested carpentry. Years later, I took over the project by tearing down the original deck and implementing my design and expertise while overseeing the building of a new one.

Q4: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years from now?

I hope to see myself as a successful ticketed Carpenter, living in a house I built, for a very special lady. I’d like to be working for the same great company I’m at now, riding bikes, trail building and maybe also becoming more advanced as a chainsaw carver – but who knows!

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