Jeal Breckenridge has over 35 years experience in woodworking and carpentry.(22 years as a foreman and teaching carpentry) Both of his grandfathers were woodworkers. One, a master builder in Westerly, RI and a top level Portuguese boat builder in Stonington, CT respectively. Although Jeal's skill set covers a broad range of physical and creative talents his first passion has always been woodworking.(followed by upper level ski instructor training and performing & teaching blues piano) Jeal specializes in remodels and unique design and build projects--treehouses for example. He's attracted to the thought process that accompanies historical work and remodels where walls and buildings are out of square, level and plumb. This takes many years of patience and a collection of unique tricks & tools. His experience in creative staircase building and IPE' woodworking and deck construction is second to none. His work is "old school" six nails to the three of today combined with the new materials, tools and aspects of todays advances in modern carpentry/construction.
Beginning his carpentry apprenticeship in Rhode Island & Connecticut- Jeal worked under the guidance of Howard Parker (framing) for many years and later under the tutelage of Allan Hill (remodeling & fine woodworking) Jeal had the opportunity to work with several area "old world Italian carpenters" gaining knowledge and techniques that he would later use to design and build several unique projects on the East & West Coasts and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
One such notable project is the first Lothlorien Woods Hide-Away... a luxury tree house in Washington State (still a bed and breakfast retreat available for vacation rental) and a multitude of IPE' decks and interior and exterior IPE' stairs that dot the coast lines of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Watch Hill & Weekapaug,RI and Stonington/Mystic,Ct---withstanding the rigors of the weather and the ocean air for decades with little to no maintenance required. Jeals' technical knowledge pertaining to South American IPE' is vast and in depth... from the environmental/green aspects to the Rockwell hardness tests and the research/education being conducted by the US and Brazilian departments of forestry in sustainable harvesting. Quoting Jeal: "Besides the sweat -I put a lot of artistic love and craftsmanship into my IPE' projects…It's nice to know they'll be there long after I've left earth" IPE' is the #1 insect and rot resistant wood certified by the US Dept. of Agriculture. It's so hard and dense that it will not float on its own but is perfect for docks.
Licensed and insured in RI, CT, U.S. Virgin Islands (Formally licensed in Oregon)