Pomquet’s Tanner Doiron continues to impressive with his carpentry skills.
Doiron recently took home gold at the Nova Scotia Skills Competition in Halifax, and is now getting ready for the national event, which will also take place in Nova Scotia’s capital, later this month (May 28 and 29).
At the provincial event, held April 5 at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Ivany Campus, Justin Thornhill, on his home campus, took silver, while NSCC Strait Area campus student Pamela Haley won bronze.
At last year’s nationals, in Edmonton, Doiron earned a bronze medal.
“A little bit,” he said, when asked if he’ll feel more confident after last year’s positive experience.
“The people change though, so you never know who you’re going to be up against.”
Explaining the difference between the two competitions, the apprentice carpenter, who works for Morell Builders, also of Pomquet, said there is “a lot more to the nationals.”
“There is a certain amount of material for you roped off, in a 12 x 14 area,” he said, describing the provincial event.
“They give you a set of plans that morning and then you have to build a playhouse in six hours. It’s judged on safety, accuracy … you lose points if you go outside of that area you’re roped off in,” he said, noting a competitor starts out with 100 points and judges deduct from there.
Another example, he suggested, was losing points for inaccurate measurements.
“You would lose points if a measurement was two millimeters off; you would go from 10 to nine points,” Doiron said.
“The one in Edmonton last year, the nationals, it’s a 12-hour competition.”
Doiron expressed appreciation to Highland Home Building Centre which provided him materials to practice.
“They donated materials for me to build one and now they’re selling the playhouse I built,” he said, of the store located at 1639 Brierly Brook Road.