My early interest in woodworking began in 7th grade wood shop class and continued through high school, where I was enrolled in the local vocational technical school, learning about carpentry and woodworking. After high school, I secured a job with a local wood products company where I built both large and small architectural columns and prepared them for shipment.
After three months, my employer transferred me to the custom wood products area where I made many different custom wood products for the next ten years. Among the projects I mastered were spiral wood stairs and handrails, and interior and exterior wood doors and windows. While some projects were your typical square door and window units, most were either round or elliptical which required matching the casing for the perimeter.
All of these products began as a picture with only the dimensions, absent of cut lists. It was my job to create a cut list, pull the rough lumber and mill the pieces to completion before placing them in the trucks for delivery. The more simple orders would range from one door to a few hundred in square, round or elliptical designs, while a complex order might include a round top exterior wood door, surrounded with sidelights. It wasn’t uncommon to build more than one hundred round or arch shaped doors for a multi-million dollar home.
After ten years, I began my own construction and remodeling business in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Since then, I have installed hundreds of kitchens and remodeled numerous living and work spaces. With my woodworking and carpentry skills, I have established and maintained a high level of excellence and a superior quality of craftsmanship that I am very proud of.
R.Berkey Construction was recommended to us to remodel the kitchen in our vacation home and we could not be happier with the quality of service and product provided by Rodger, and needless to say, we are thrilled with our new kitchen! From our first meeting till the final day of the job Rodger was there for us in every aspect, providing expert opinion, craftsmanship and attention to detail. Thanks to Rodger's expertise and guidance the final product exceeded our expectations. The Haas cabinets are beautiful and the quality of craftsmanship is first rate. We would highly recommend Rodger, and R. Berkey Construction to anyone looking for a quality kitchen or bath.