© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
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 Saskatchewanâs 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 heâs been recognized with the Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewanâs Merit Trade Excellence Award.
âThe quality of Edâs work has always stood out and heâs a leader when it comes to job safety,â Miller Contracting general manager Dan Yungwirth said in a release.
âHe has made a tremendous contribution to our company in a short period.â
A graduate of Carlton Comprehensive Public High School, Elliott said that his professional life has always followed his passion.
âI took all kinds of shop classes in high school, like electrical, welding, machine shop and building construction and liked the building construction most,â 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.
âWhen youâre done, you make something thatâs pretty and people can look at,â he explained. âThereâs the satisfaction of having something nice when youâre done working on it.â
Elliott followed high school with 25 years of cabinet making, most recently at Ashley Cabinets.
âAt Ashley Cabinets I was production manager, so I was an office guy,â he said. âI started off in the field, installing cabinets and whatnot, and then moved into the office and I missed working in the field.â
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 hasnât looked back since, earning his journeyman ticket about one year ago.
âItâs a good company to work for and they taught me the skills that I need to get my journeyman,â he said, noting that itâs not terribly common that journeypersons stay in Prince Albert.
âA lot of them head off to the big industrial carpentry, because you can make $10 or $15 more if youâre working pouring concrete on a mine site,â he explained.
âIâve no interest in that. Not even for that money, I wouldnât do that because you donât really see what youâve done other than a pile of concrete.â
A much more exciting endeavour is with finishing carpentry, the artistic intricacies of which the client can see and appreciate.
âI always did take my job seriously because I want people to remember me for being good, not fast,â he said. âA guy starts working on his reputation right away.â
On Friday, Elliott helped judge the 2014 Skills Canada Saskatchewan competition at SIASTâs Woodland Campus, following though on another passion of his.
âIâd like to mentor some younger people wanting to learn the trades,â he said. âIâd like to pass my knowledge on.â