Devin started his carpentry career while in high school, working for his father’s construction company in Pendleton, OR, where he became familiar with all forms of hand and power tools in their large workshop. He became licensed in 1984 as part of Eastern Oregon Building Enterprises. In 1995 Devin moved to Portland to pursue his music career, which took off and sent him all over the country touring and playing rock and roll music to the masses. After many years of the rock and roll lifestyle he returned to construction starting Morrow Building in 2004. When the recession took hold in 2009 he bounced around looking for an opportunity to work with a great high-end remodeling company and found Arciform!
How long have you worked for Arciform and what has been your favorite part about working at Arciform so far?
I’ve been with Arciform for 5 years now. My favorite part about working for Arciform is the opportunities that I have been given to work on rare historical structures that few get the chance to be part of. Gallon House Covered Bridge, Champoeg State Park Pavillion, Coleman Scott Residence. It was a privilege to be site lead on those projects.
What inspires you about restoring and renovating older homes? What drew you to this line of work?
Restoring historical structures to me is some of the most rewarding work a carpenter can do. I had been exposed to this aspect of remodeling from early on, working on old farm houses outside of Pendleton, OR. That experience drew me towards this kind of work.
Describe one of your favorite past projects. What were the challenges? What were some of the features that made it memorable?
My favorite past project is the Gallon House Covered Bridge. I had the privilege of removing the original, almost 100 year old, roof structure and replacing it with a new up to date, structurally sound roof. The challenges were constant inspections from Marion County; a qualified drinking water stream running under the bridge that no debris whatsoever could touch; a very old structure that had been knocked off its abutments 2 or 3 times in its life that was poorly repaired, cobbled back together crooked and bent; farmers crying daily about how inconvenient it is to not have that bridge to cross as they use the bridge multiple times a day tending their crops; and the dozens of tours that had scheduled themselves to come see the bridge only to find it under repair and no access granted. All part of a days work on the bridge.
Tell us what you consider are the hallmarks of a well-executed project. How do you know when something is right?
I consider happy clients, a beautiful job, proud carpenters and profit to be the hallmarks of a well-executed job. A job is well done when it looks like you hoped it would and only see smiles when your client sees it.
What’s your working style? How do you like to work with a client?
I like to work as a team with my clients. I always try to see their vision and create that for them.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
- Drive on the autobahn
- Sail around the globe (in a large boat of course)