Steven’s path to carpentry at Green Hammer has been a nontraditional one. In college, he studied architecture, but changed course when he realized how much computer time (and how much student loan debt!) becoming an architect entailed. He earned a business degree at Portland State University (PSU), which led to work as a marketing and creative director in men’s apparel. The grueling hours and competitive atmosphere of the fashion world was not a good fit. So Steven turned to building, learning on the job from smaller builders, and teaching himself through books. Soon he started his own company building ADUs and remodeling “funky” old houses.
Steven started as a freelancer for Green Hammer and eventually became a full-time carpenter. Steven says he loves the inclusive culture and open communication at Green Hammer. He also appreciates the flexibility of his job and the way employees are encouraged to try out different roles and find their own path within the company.
As a committed environmentalist and outdoorsman, sustainability has always been a thread in Steven’s life. He grew up on a farm in Helvetia and worked for the U.S. Forest Service during college. One of his role models is Lloyd Kahn, the back-to-the-land, green building guru and author of the Whole Earth Catalog. When he’s not at work, Steven spends as much time as possible in the beautiful Pacific Northwest outdoors—backpacking, canoeing, fly fishing and hunting. At home he tinkers on projects and tends to his backyard farm and its resident chickens, dog and cat that thinks he’s a dog.