JACK OUSKA

Jack grew up on the east side of Chicago in a suburb called Elmhurst and only recently moved to Portland. As his dad was a carpenter and general contractor, Jack began learning the trade at the young age of eight. “[My dad] drew a 15’ circle on the roof, set a bottle of orange soda in the middle and told me to ‘Nail off the sheathing, and do not miss!’ And then he would draw me another circle and then another circle. From then on I learned how to use a saw, drill, layout, and so on.”

Jack says he enjoys working at ARCIFORM because “the character, different personalities, skill levels, and professionalism make it enjoyable to come to the job site every day and turn out a quality product.”

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR FREE TIME?

I spend my time with family and cooking. My high school sweetheart, who is my wife of 47 years, took care of the cooking as we raised our three boys. I never appreciated what she was able to do with a limited grocery budget back in the 80’s until I took over cooking. To show my love and appreciation, I want her to sit back and enjoy all I can do in the kitchen, which includes me cleaning up my mess. I can never thank her enough for making those thin years work out.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR JOB?

I enjoy being able to pass on the knowledge to the upcoming carpenters that I learned many years ago. What I try to instill in the younger carpenters is that often the methods that are proven over many years are so much easier, better, and faster than re-inventing the wheel. It’s Carpentry 101. It’s truly amazing what a carpenter can do with a handful of tools used in many different ways.