By Don Proctor
Special to GTA Construction Report
A crew of volunteers from Toronto-based Carpenters Union Local 1030 framed a 22×22-foot wood workshop for 32-year-old retired Canadian Armed Forces vet Chris Klodt recently at his home in Flamborough (near Hamilton). The Renos for Heroes program organized the workshop project for Klodt, an avid woodworker who was partially paralyzed while on duty with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry in Afghanistan in 2006. The accessible workshop is designed for Klodt to work from his wheelchair on a range of wood projects that include the use of everything from a table saw to a planer.
“It’s been a solid effort on behalf of the union from the ground up,” says Mike Humphries, business representative, Carpenters Local. 27, Vaughan. Prior to framing, Hamilton-based E-Zee Forming (Local 1030) did foundation form work. The concrete slab was done by a crew from Cement Masons Local 598. Dufferin Concrete supplied the concrete. The roof, shingles, board-and-batten siding and eaves troughs are being installed by volunteers from Local 27.
While all the labor for the woodshop is volunteered, the R4H is sometimes given a break on the cost of materials from a corps of suppliers ready at a moment’s notice to come to the plate for a worthy cause. Among the suppliers for Klodt’s workshop are: Central Fairbank Lumber (wood frame and roof trusses); Pella Windows; Mississauga-based Robertson Bright Inc., electrical work; and, Kenco Electrical Supply Inc.; lighting by Lando Lighting Galleries,says Daryl Caruk, executive director, Renos for Heroes.