Life is an adventure... "The Carpenter Craftsman" moniker which became an LLC was born out of a sole proprietorship business begun in 1997 in TN when Charles was given his first nickname-- "The Tennessee Handyman"-- by his customers. A USMC veteran, Charles F. [Chuck] Bearden, II, grew up in a family of tradesmen. He worked with his uncle on roofing projects throughout Nashville; his father was an electrician, and he expanded their business vision by gaining skills in home and commercial renovation, repair and restoration. Rose put him "on the map" in June 2014, when they married under the pergola he designed for her, creating the website you see here. She is a couture seamstress and interior designer, editor and writer, musician and digital marketing coach. Here's Our Story! In 2015, we decided it was time to find the perfect place to retire" and agreed to take the next 10 years to do it and not be thrust into it by a disability; we decided to rent our lovely home in Thompson's Station, TN at 2735 Nottingham Court, sold "The Tennessee Handyman " moniker and URL to a young tiler named Lucas Zapeta aka A.J. Construction in Murfreesboro, TN to live in Florida for a year. Additional monikers followed as we traveled up the coast: "The Florida Handyman," "The Charleston Handyman" and "The Connecticut Handyman." It was not until 2019 that we agreed he had earned the right to assume the moniker "The Carpenter CRAFTSMAN" based on fine honing his craft and launched The Carpenter Craftsman, LLC.
Since we had already visited 95% of the rest of the United States and prefer the ocean to man-made lakes, the East Coast beckoned to us. We decided to give a few key locations on the coast one year to impress us; honestly, we have cultural expectations that are high. We enjoy classical concerts; we enjoy opera and the symphony; we are avid readers and go to the library weekly; we dance all styles of ballroom; we like to hike and canoe. When we do actually retire, we want to run a bed and breakfast inn and invite people who love good food, fine wine, nuevo tango dancing, and great conversation to experience top-of-the-line service in a historic home that we meticulously maintain. Until then, we adore the concept of living so light everything we own will fit in one 26-foot truck, with everything not used given away to Goodwill annually to be reused by those in need. Starting over, making new friends along the way, seeing and experiencing life, taking and making time to see the beauty of the USA; in our opinion, that's living Closer to Free! And, it would appear from statistics and demographic reports, we are not alone in saying "no thanks!" to FL sand fleas and hurricanes; we are not alone in thinking the"low-country" stinks from swamp gas and decaying vegetation; we are not alone in preferring to live in the 21st century rather than heating using sooty and smelly oil! That is why 32,000 Floridians move here annually, with 27,000 following close behind from SC; the Tri-state region [NY/NJ and CT] contributes 27,000 annually due to improved weather conditions alone and absence of exorbitant tolls, followed by Californians who seek the ocean but want relief from mudslides, wildfires and sky-high property taxes: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article235792947.html
We are fans of "Made in the USA" products for which we have been repeatedly told we are "really old school" and "not part of a new world without borders." We believe making products in the USA, hiring only legitimate American citizens who are paid a living wage, is in our country's best interest. Born in 57 and 61, we remember a way of life that did not involve talking loudly via an earbud in public places about private business. We remember when children got lost in alternate worlds by reading the classics. We yet believe writing thank-you notes using full and thought-filled sentences is to be preferred to emoji's and cryptic texts. We carry calendars that are on paper and are not dependent upon internet accessibility. If we set a 2 pm appointment, we are there 10 minutes early, not 10 minutes late. And we define "PC"as "having a paucity of conviction and courage" not "politically correct."Because, to be perfectly frank [and why in the world would one be otherwise], taking a position takes effort and courage. These "old fashioned" values are well worth resuscitating before they become extinct. Where would we be if good men had remained silent at our nation's birth and not been offended by taxation without representation? or women had been passive about the fight to win the vote and not been offended by their lack of legal standing in the years preceding 1920?
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”--Theodore Roosevelt--
Book recommendation for 2020: The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. In August of 2020, one hundred years later, let us pause and thank TENNESSEE for being the 36th state to ratify the vote!
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Mailing Address: 1905 Green Ford Lane, Apex, North Carolina 27502 The Carpenter Craftsman is a Highly-Rated, Veteran-led Business. Website created by the East Coast Marketing Lady