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David Shiel

Carpenter
  • David Shiel

David brings the skills of communication and patience that are critical for a successful project.

A 15-year veteran of the construction industry, David Shiel spent the last 12 years building in the Pacific Northwest. Settling in the Seattle area after college, he worked as an independent contractor on renovations and additions, and spent seven years as a Site Manager for Habitat for Humanity, leading volunteers in building safe and affordable housing. It was during this last experience where David learned to practice some critical skills: Habitat for Humanity volunteers are often minimally skilled, relying on enthusiasm to carry them through a project. Communication and patience are crucial for a successful project. And it is these skills that come in handy when working with clients and coworkers as well.

Aside from his love of working outdoors, David also enjoys the sense of accomplishment building provides. He is excited to be working with a team of like-minded individuals towards a common goal of building durable and sustainable structures.

David is an active Ultimate Frisbee player, and the sport has played an integral part of his life, introducing him to friends and affording him opportunities to travel. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking. A recent trip was an 8-day rafting adventure to the San Juan River in southern Utah. An early monsoon season brought on sudden flash floods and up to 80 mph evening windstorms. This weather added a little extra excitement to the trip as supplies were blown downriver and tent poles snapped; the group rallied with branches and duct tape. While he doesn’t consider himself a “cyclist”, David was an avid bike commuter in Seattle, and is excited to explore Portland by bike.

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