Grayson Does It Again – SKILLS USA


Congratulations to our son, Grayson Cline, for winning 1st Place in Kentucky State Championship competition for carpentry for Skills USA!!!!!!!!  On April 4th the Kentucky State Competition for Skills USA was held in Louisville.  The carpentry competition was held at the Union Local Hall.  Students from regions all over the state competed for the championship title.  Steve and I attended the competition and watch anxiously as the students built a section of roof from blue prints complete with framing, sheeting, tar paper and shingles.  Grayson had a slow start after discovering his brand new saw supplied by his school did not have a blade and one had to be hunted down.  However, his consistency and accuracy overcame the glitch to take home first place and power tools as his prize.  Kudos also to Grayson’s teacher, Mr. Lawson, and the carpentry program at McCormick Technical School in Alexandria.  Not to mention the mentoring and tutoring from Steve over past couple of years.  Take a look below at Grayson in action at the competition.







Bragging Rights


Today we attended the Skills USA Competition in Covington, Kentucky for the region.  Our son Grayson competed in the carpentry class with seven other students from schools all over Northern Kentucky.  While having a rocky start, Grayson overcame some initial frustrations to be the first place winner.  While winning self confidence and pride in his craft are an important part of the Skills USA mission, it was also fun for Grayson to receive a power saw and other tools that he will need for his trade.  Are Steve and I proud?  You bet.  We already know he is an awesome kid, but this was the icing on the cake.  Next will be state competition in April in central Kentucky.  Whether he wins that or not, we’re proud of the opportunity for him.  Congratulations Grayson!  I’m sorry about the quality of the photos below, I was a little nervous and not on the ball with the camera.  I do want to give a huge “Thank you” to Grayson’s teacher, Mr. David Lawson of McCormick Technical School in Campbell Co.  He has been a big contributor to Grayson’s success.  It’s teachers like Mr. Lawson that make kids want to learn and do their best.  Thank you Mr. Lawson!

Competition in Full Swingt

Grayson in Front of His Project


Grayson Receiving His Prize

Grayson and Mr. Lawson



Custom Home Office Cabinetry


More and more of us are working from home nowadays – which for me is awesome!  Our clients, Rod and Sandy run a successful home siding business in Northern Kentucky (Casco Siding LLC).  While most of Rod’s actual work is, of course, on the job site he still needs a place to study blueprints and work on proposals.  Sandy manages the office and bookkeeping aspects of the business.  And, like most, they “made do” with on-hand desks, filing cabinets and storage.  And, like most of us, it gets to the point where it just isn’t working anymore.  So, they called on Steve to help them design and build their ideal home office.  From numerous in-home consultations and phone calls, Steve learned that they were looking for a rustic, natural look to match their quaint country in-the-woods setting.  The finished product is a functional, awesome looking home office that they are in love with and gives them the functionality, space and organization they were seeking.  (See their comments about Steve and Woodwork Designs on Angie’s List.)  Maple cabinets have a warm cinnamon chestnut stain with distressed finish.  The doors are shaker style overlay with rustic hardware and the door covering the hard drive has a unique antique tin venting to allow for air flow.  They chose a laminate countertop (“Verdi Oxide”) for easier writing (firmer surface than wood).  The walls are painted a beautiful blue/green (“Observatory Night Sky”) that shows off the warm wood tones.  It’s great when you have great clients (and friends) like Rod and Sandy.  How about you?  Could your home office use a make-over?  In the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?  Contact Steve at 859.380.0127 or email us at to see how we can make your personal life and work life more organized and enjoyable.

Cabinets, Shelves, Work Area, Filing Cabinets make this an Ideal Office

Laminate Countertop and Keyboard Slide are Great Assets

Filing Cabinets for Hanging Files

Great Idea for Venting the Hard Drive

Great Storage and Display Shelves