Mike Kennedy of Lower City Joinery, located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, joined the Practical Preservation Podcast to discuss his custom woodworking business. We covered multiple topics, including:
- How home improvement shows served as Mike’s original inspiration to do woodworking
- Mike’s varied background in the industry, from working for a new-build window and door manufacturing company to eventually starting his own business and being persuaded to move into “heritage” woodworking
- How living in an area that values shared heritage influences local preservation and his work
- Notable projects including doors in Dundurn Castle and Griffin House
- Challenges and trends in preservation, including debunking the notion that newer or “maintenance free” is better, while recognizing that more people are becoming educated about or open to heritage and preservation work
Lower City Joinery primarily serves customers in Canada, particularly those within hours of the Hamilton, Ontario area.
Mike reminds listeners that old windows and doors should always be considered for repair vs. replacement, and that “maintenance free” new models generally aren’t cheaper in the long run!