Carpenter commended for keeping an eye on detail

Tyler Clarke
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Local journeyperson carpenter Ed Elliott is seen at work in the Miller Contracting building in Prince Albert this week after receiving the Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan’s Merit Trade Excellence Award. 

Following an artistic passion when it comes to carpentry, Ed Elliott decided at the age of 44 to become a journeyperson carpenter.


Now, about a year after earning his journeyperson ticket he’s been recognized with the Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan’s Merit Trade Excellence Award.

“The quality of Ed’s work has always stood out and he’s a leader when it comes to job safety,” Miller Contracting general manager Dan Yungwirth said in a release.

“He has made a tremendous contribution to our company in a short period.”

A graduate of Carlton Comprehensive Public High School, Elliott said that his professional life has always followed his passion.

“I took all kinds of shop classes in high school, like electrical, welding, machine shop and building construction and liked the building construction most,” he said.

Specifically, he was drawn to the type of finishing carpentry that clients can see -- a visible finished product with an artistic flair that he can be proud of.

“When you’re done, you make something that’s pretty and people can look at,” he explained. “There’s the satisfaction of having something nice when you’re done working on it.”

Elliott followed high school with 25 years of cabinet making, most recently at Ashley Cabinets.

“At Ashley Cabinets I was production manager, so I was an office guy,” he said. “I started off in the field, installing cabinets and whatnot, and then moved into the office and I missed working in the field.”

When his wife, a local educator, took on a one-year job exchange position in England, Elliott followed, finding himself back in the field at an English cabinet shop.

He has made a tremendous contribution to our company in a short period. Dan Yungwirth

It was there that he decided that -- like his wife taking on a job exchange position -- he would follow his professional dream and become a journeyman carpenter.

After some time at the SIAST Woodland Campus he took on an apprentice position at Miller Contracting about six years ago and hasn’t looked back since, earning his journeyman ticket about one year ago.

“It’s a good company to work for and they taught me the skills that I need to get my journeyman,” he said, noting that it’s not terribly common that journeypersons stay in Prince Albert.

“A lot of them head off to the big industrial carpentry, because you can make $10 or $15 more if you’re working pouring concrete on a mine site,” he explained.

“I’ve no interest in that. Not even for that money, I wouldn’t do that because you don’t really see what you’ve done other than a pile of concrete.”

A much more exciting endeavour is with finishing carpentry, the artistic intricacies of which the client can see and appreciate.

“I always did take my job seriously because I want people to remember me for being good, not fast,” he said. “A guy starts working on his reputation right away.”

On Friday, Elliott helped judge the 2014 Skills Canada Saskatchewan competition at SIAST’s Woodland Campus, following though on another passion of his.  

“I’d like to mentor some younger people wanting to learn the trades,” he said. “I’d like to pass my knowledge on.”

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  • Robert C Poe
    April 13, 2014 - 10:33

    He is not only a good carpenter.... But a great all around person..... friend.... and I would guess his family would call him a great Dad...