TreeHouse Staff

Lucas Jenson

Owner & Operator

My passion for woodworking started as a city dweller in Boston after college. Taking many classes in cabinetry and furniture construction at the local votech, I kept a table saw in the dining room of our small apartment and hauled it onto the back deck to work, sending sawdust throughout the neighborhood!

After many years in the business world working in consulting, marketing at Ben & Jerry's, and a brief time at 7th Generation, I left the desk behind and started a small construction business specializing in built-in cabinetry and decks. I enjoyed hanging around the maintenance rooms much more than the conference rooms! This business quickly grew, taking on larger renovation and addition work, but my greatest enjoyment remained with the finer aspects of projects, incliuding finish work, custom cabinetry and furniture building.

I'm very excited about opening The Tree House, allowing me to share my passion for woodworking and help enable the wonderful work of all the talented craftsmen and hobbyists in our area. Our goal is to be a destination for woodworkers throughout our region, providing a full range of quality lumber, and many unique items to inspire you, at fair prices, with knowledgeable and helpful staff that share in your love of the wood!

Jeremy Ravelin

Millshop

I have been a professional woodworker for nearly 13 years involved in everything from timber framing to the very finest finish work. For the past 6 years I have worked mostly with hand tools repairing antiques and making reproduction mouldings for old houses. I have a passion for old tools and the wonderful things that were made with them by carpenters who had never seen a power cord. With the scarcity of these tools nowadays, I enjoy custom crafting reproductions. I bring the highest level of craftsmanship and pride to every job regardless of size or price. I am a self-taught wood savant and have a wealth of knowledge about the vast array of hardwood tree species that exist.

I'm happy to share that knowledge with you and open your eyes to the endless options that are available for your projects. I run the millshop at The Tree House and I look forward to providing the best service, products and advice to make all your projects perfect!

Carl Farnsworth

Retail, Sales (So. Burlington) & Purchasing

Being the eldest member of The Tree House Hardwoods team has given me an eclectic background in retail management, sales and purchasing. I worked in store management right out of high school and progressed up the managerial ranks running stores throughout New England. After 21 years of retail management I went to work at Columbia Forest Products in Newport VT, North America's largest veneer and plywood manufacturer. At CFP I started in the Veneer Division, working in the splicing department and then quickly moving into sales. I handled CFP's Cut to Size veneer sales selling to some of North America's largest cabinet and furniture manufacturers. I then coordinated CFP's veneer shipments to their intercompany plywood plants, working closely with material managers.

After 10 years at CFP I moved into a purchasing manager position for a local hardwood lumber/plywood and custom milling retailer where I learned and developed a deep understanding of Vermont's forest products industry. I am very proud of our state and the world class lumber it produces.

I am excited about bringing my passion for local lumber to The Tree House and look forward to helping you pick the perfect hardwood lumber for your project!

Bill Gaidys

Retail, Sales (Barre) & Executive Director of Splinter Removal

I am honored to have recently joined The Tree House staff at the Barre
location. Woodworking is a second career for me. I graduated from New
England Culinary Institute in the late 90s and had the honor of being the
Chef for a number of local restaurants. I decided to move to the West Coast
where I took on the responsibility of assessing and then managing the
restructure for a number of larger restaurants. Working in the restaurant
industry with consumers, vendors, staff, and contractors allowed me to
understand the importance of consistent high quality service, customer
satisfaction, and working as a team.

I apprenticed as a cabinet maker for a couple of years in Montana before
returning to Vermont, where I have been fortunate enough to work on a
variety of building projects. I am proficient in understanding detailed
architectural drawings, schematics, shop drawings, and blueprints.

Brandon Shaw

Millshop

I Joined the Marines a year out of high school in 2007. I served with the Marines until 2012. After leaving the military I came back to Vermont and received my Associate’s degree at CCV. I then went on to work odd jobs here and there until I received an offer to come help out here at Treehouse, and here I am.