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Craig Samuelson

Craig Samuelson has been doing finish carpentry for over a decade. Through out his career he has always been very interested in stain grade staircases, mantles and custom finish carpentry. Early in his career he had the chance to do most of the work on the Pioneer Bakery in Springville. This job instilled in him a desire to do railings. He has had the opportunity to do work in the Parade of Homes several; three times in the Utah County Parade of Homes and twice in the Park City Parade of Homes.

Craig has spent over two years working in Park City in custom homes with some of the most skilled carpenters in Utah. He was enjoying this work but wanted to do more staircases. He finally got a chance to do a staircase that had a couple of tricky sections in it. His boss was very impressed with the finished product. After that he was known as "The Stair Man." Craig did the Drury Residence that had intricate newel posts which he built up from a plain three inch piece of wood to take on a raised panel look. This rail had a series of sloping rails down the stairs with iron balusters.

Craig had the opportunity to install the staircase in the new surgical building north of the Cedar City hospital. This was a challenging but exciting project for the tradesman. He said he was excited to take on a staircase of such magnitude. One day, a sub-contractor stopped and looked at his work and stated, "I bet you're so glad to be finishing this up" but the truth was, Craig loved what he was doing and didn't want this project to end.

Craig did another large staircase west of Cedar City, the challenge was integrating eight to twelve inch log newel posts with 4x6 square rails. The large log newel posts with the rough cut timber railings worked perfectly together and the Ruesch's stated that the finished work was nothing short of spectacular.

The profession that Craig has chosen is one that he loves. We talked with some of his clients and they said his work tells the story. He's a man of character, he's responsible and you can see the pride in his work. The general consensus is that Craig has a way with wood that most finish professionals seem to miss. His patience, carving ability and knowledge of the craft really sets him apart.

-Southern Utah Homes, MAR 2006, Contractor Spotlight, p. 76-77

 


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