|Collingham building on family name|
by James Hanson
by James Hanson
Nathan Collingham is following the footsteps of his grandfather and father ... sort of.
He began his new business, NC Carpentry almost two weeks ago.
After years of woodworking classes in high school and helping with various jobs with the family business, Collingham Construction, owned by his grandfather, Sarge Collingham, he decided to put his knowledge to the test.
"I was tired of filling out applications and not landing a job," he said. "I have been doing work similar to this since I was a kid and figured why not try and make something happen."
"I wanted to start something new and fresh," he added. "This is something I’ve always wanted to do and I have always enjoyed carpentry."
Collingham’s business will focus on carpentry jobs, tile work and wood flooring, but he said he can help with other projects as well.
"I can do things like window work and other odd jobs," he said. "My goal obviously will be to assist my customers to the best of my ability and satisfy their needs."
"If they have a project I can’t get to due to time constraints or because it’s a job I am not equipped to do, I will refer them to Collingham Construction," he added.
The third-generation carpenter said he picked up a lot of his knowledge from working closely with the family business.
"I really learned a lot from my family members when I was growing up," he said. "I was always trying to get involved."
Collingham said he has done many projects for his landlord in Central City and has also helped various family members with re-tiling their floors, windows and some carpentry.
He said he backs his work with a 100 percent guarantee.
"I’m a perfectionist myself," he noted. "If I don’t think my customer will like it then I know I won’t like it and continue to work until it’s right."
"If by some chance they aren’t satisfied with my work then I will correct the problem at no extra cost," he added. "I want to provide a quality service for a reasonable price. I want my customers to be able to come back to me for future needs or to pass the word along to their friends. That is some of the best advertising you can get. I want my customers to be able to sit and enjoy what they have in their homes."
NC Carpentry will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Of course, the schedule could vary a little.
"It will depend a lot on my workload and schedule, but those are the hours I’ve set for the time being," he said. "I am looking forward to seeing this business get going and hope that everyone who comes to me for a project will be 100 percent satisfied. I will work hard and do my very best every time to meet their needs."