In carpentry, precision is everything. That’s why it isn’t hard to understand how an All American giant slalom skier, who raced to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships (only .001 seconds out of first), transitioned into a woodworking artisan after her racing care concluded.
A graduate of UNH with a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis on woodworking, sculpture, and furniture design, Susy began her career as a woodworker for a high-end furniture company. She then went to graduate school and earned Master’s of Fine Art in Industrial Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Susy came back to her hometown of Johnstown and worked as a master craftsman for a design studio until she decided to venture out on her own and opened Easterly Woodwork and Design. For more than seven years, she designed and built custom furniture, cabinets, and doors, and did millwork with her faithful rescue dog Albie by her side.
She was referred to Teakwood by a friend to do subcontracting work. When she met with owner Jim Sasko and told him about her skills, he said, “I don’t want you to subcontract with us, I want you to be a lead carpenter.” At first, Susy was hesitant to give up her business. So, she started doing custom work for Teakwood on a project-by-project basis. Working alongside Team Teak, she was impressed by the quality of craftsmanship and meticulous attention to details. The projects were unique and interesting, and exactly what she liked to do. Best of all, she could concentrate on her craft instead of pesky business administration duties. She’s now a full-time member of the Teakwood Team and is excited to work on custom projects like floating stairs, custom furniture grade built-ins, as well as large luxury homes.
Likes: her dog Albie, skiing, family time
Dislikes: not having Albie on the job, extreme heat, warm beer