“To really become a top hand the thing that must always be on your mind is how can I work smarter and smarter and harder and harder in order to get as much work done as I possibly can by the time the sun goes down.”
That’s Scott Wadsworth, a carpenter, contractor, and blacksmith in Oregon. Wadsworth is one of my “Everyday Heroes,” a man who is thoughtful, skilled, straight-talking, no BS, and deep down decent man. He is the quintessential man’s man; an American archetype. His YouTube channel is filled with fascinating, no nonsense, videos on tools, blacksmithing, and construction. His current major project is the building of a home in Oregon from the ground up that begins with the purchase of the ground itself.
I’ve never built anything bigger than a bookcase and that was a cob job from start to finish. My single toolbox is full of this kind of screwdriver and that kind of Visegrip along with my go-to tool for every household repair task, duct tape. That doesn’t matter where Scott Wadsworth is concerned. He still fascinates and instructs with tips on how to split wood or why you must always in life “strike while the iron is hot.”
Wadsworth’s resume is one of an American life well lived and still growing and unfolding:
Scott started working in 1974. His career as a craftsman has encompassed logging, saw milling, guiding elk hunters, production framing, commercial concrete, steel fabrication, blacksmithing and every aspect of residential carpentry and contracting. Scott has been married to his high school sweetheart Kelly Comerford for 39 years. They have four children and nine grandchildren (with 2 more on the way). Who We Are — Essential Craftsman
But just as the map is not the territory, the man is not the resume. Like other decent and good men in history, Scott is a carpenter who has become a teacher. There’s more to be learned from him than just how to build a house. He shows you why and how to make sure your house is built on solid ground.