We are young entrepreneurs. We are raising families and investing in our community. We are working hard to create beautiful, high-performance, homes and buildings which enrich the lives of their occupants.

We are inspired and motivated by the innovators in our industry – those who are leading the way through environmental stewardship and adopting change early, driven by a desire to make better buildings.

We are skilled carpenters and motivated business people, with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to excel in our business.  We are passionate about building sustainable homes and buildings for a future of declining cheap fossil fuel energy.  We use progressive building designs and techniques.  We will continue to innovate, to think outside the box, to challenge the standards, to ask questions, and to learn.

We pride ourselves in remaining unusually accessible to our clients, and welcome you to reach out directly to any of our team members at any time.

Rane Wardwell

Co-Owner, Shop

Rane oversees our shop and install teams, and focuses on how to make the hands-on work easier and more efficient, while paying the bills, planning for future growth, and sometimes sweeping the floor and stoking the fire too.

Rane brings a competitive sports, fine woodworking, and timberframing background to his work at Collective Carpentry, believing strongly that Passive House is a great forum to collect like minded, ambitious people that like to push each other to build better. Oh, and the climate crisis, that global existential threat…

People know Rane as the middle aged guy that tries to ride his mountain bike as fast as possible.

Jan Pratschke

Co-Owner, Design

Jan oversees the design process and the production of all 3D models, shop drawings, cut lists, and install drawings for the shop and install teams, and as such is often the go-to person for our architect, builder, and engineering partners.

Jan brings a timberframing and business background to his work at Collective Carpentry, and is equally at home in front of a computer or on the jobsite.  He grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and currently lives in Invermere with partner Jennifer, and sons Charlie (7), and Leo (4).  He enjoys sailing, climbing, skiing the backcountry, riding his bike, and playing his accordion.

People know Jan as the brains behind Collective Carpentry, but what some people don’t know is that he used to be a lumberjack, speaks a number of other languages, and is quite the whistler!

Paul Tumason

Carpenter, US Install Team Lead

Paul leads our panel installations in the US, using his almost three decades of fine homebuilding, timber framing, engineering, and design experience to make all the pieces come together elegantly and efficiently on site.

Paul was present for some of Collective Carpentry’s earliest panel builds, and continues to this day to provide value input and leadership to our process from his home base in Santa Cruz and on projects across the western United States.  You can usually find Paul running, climbing, biking, skiing, and enjoying time with his daughter Isis and son Rohnin.

People know Paul as particularly fanatic about well-made, well-designed things and mundane tasks like changing the oil on his truck and cleaning dust off the dashboard.

Andre Lodder

Carpenter (Invermere)

Andre works in the Invermere shop and aside from framing, insulating, airsealing, and quality control, also takes top notch photos of our work.

After studying photojournalism and getting a background in industrial concrete, Andre started carpentry work in 2012 and has been doing it ever since, realizing that he gets his affinity for precision from his dad, a finish carpenter. He lives in Radium with his dog and his wife Kelsey, where he enjoys rock climbing, disc golf and mountain biking.

People know Andre as a quirky, funny, positive team player who likes to get into the mountains and rocks some solid hairstyles, like his 2020 covid mullet and his annual Movember stash.

Jay Dubray

Carpenter (Invermere)

Jay does it all, from production in the shop building wall, roof, and floor panels, to install and other site work.

Hailing from Nova Scotia, Jay has been out west for 20+ years, where he’s lived in most of the big cities and many smaller ones, eventually getting his ticket from College of the Rockies in Cranbrook and building homes for a few years in Radium, before coming to Invermere where he enjoys spending time with his daughter and her dog. Jay’s hands-on and likes to build like it’s an obsession, but his obsessions don’t stop there – he’s a fanatic disc golf player who is signed up on the PDGA, and an avid skateboarder and snowboarder.

Craig Toohey - Collective Carpentry - Business Development Manager

Craig Toohey

Marketing & Business Development

Craig is in charge of making sure the world knows about Collective Carpentry and that the shop stays busy.  He focuses on the brand, partnerships, business planning, and sales from a remote office where he uses his phone and his computer to maintain contact with planet earth.

Craig studied entrepreneurship and business strategy at McGill University in Montreal, QC and gravitated towards high performance building after understanding that coffee is better kept hot in a thermos than on a hot plate.  After admiring Collective Carpentry from afar during his time at 475 High Performance Building Supply, he knew when he left on an extended adventure to Mexico during a global pandemic that it was only a matter of time before he would inevitably get the chance to fulfill a dream of returning north to help take Collective Carpentry to new heights.

People know Craig as a saxophone playing, travel loving, bike riding, bread making, oven building madman with a passion for putting his mind and heart into existential challenges and good fun alike.

Jeremiah Blakley

Design

Jeremiah manages much of the design work for bringing a project from 2D drawings to a 3D prefab masterpiece, or as he likes to say, “building at the speed of thought in a virtual environment aka CAD”.

Jeremiah started his career as a carpenter at age 18, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Living at MUM, studying renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, high performance buildings, and environmental policy.  Though he’s tried other careers, he feels building houses has always been the best way for him to shift the world into a brighter future, knowing that if he is a part of building high performance homes that last for 200 years, he can feel good about what he is contributing to the next generation.

People know Jeremiah as a lover of play fighting with his daughters, of anything with two wheels, of the block chain revolution,, and allegedly, as “Friction Fit Blakley”.

Matt Tutin

Shop (Invermere)

Matt works in our Invermere shop building panels and at Canadian projects installing them, while working on his carpentry credentials and taking care of ordering materials and managing inventory.

Though originally hailing from London where he was involved in sports education, Matt grew up renovating homes with a family heavily involved in the trades and feels right at home building homes in Invermere, where he also thoroughly enjoys the opportunities for mountain biking and skiing.

People know Matt for his sacrcastic, British humour.

Jake Swallow

Shop (Invermere)

Jake is one of the newest members of our Invermere shop teams, where he enjoys being exposed to the variety of construction tasks associated with building panels and installing them on local projects.

Jake grew up in Invermere and after deciding to defer his acceptance to the University of Victoria for mechanical engineering, has found his place at Collective Carpentry where he has developed an evolving appreciation for structural engineering.  A former raft guide and ski shop staff member, Jake shares a passion for hiking, biking, and skiing in the backcountry with his fellow Collective Carpentry team members.

People know Jake as a trusted confidant and a passionate community service advocate and rotary club member.

Laura Penny

Carpenter (Invermere)

Laura is a red-sealed carpenter on our Invermere shop team, and is one of the newest members of our team.

She got her start with Women in Trades at Okanagan college after developing an interest in carpentry at a music festival of all places where she saw the opportunity to do something for the community, and came to Collective Carpentry with experience in commercial construction from her time in Penticton.  She’s also lived in Ontario, Panauanga, Cananaskis, and Saskatchewan, and currently lives in Invermere with her two cats.  She appreciates the opportunity to work with a company that cares about what it’s doing, doesn’t cut corners, limits waste, and promotes Passive House design.

People know Laura for her hoop and fire dancing, her love of the outdoors, and for being happy all the time.

Nate Sweeters

Carpenter, US Install Team

Nate is quickly becoming a leader on our US install team, bringing his long experience in fine homebuilding to each and every install.

Nate and Paul have known each other for over 30 years, both coming from long family traditions of fine homebuilding in Santa Cruz.  Nate has worked in general construction for over 20 years, and brings a level of attention to detail, experience, and enthusiasm that is essential to what we do best.

Nate loves camping, hiking, and surfing, and is an accomplished drummer and skateboarder, and all-around sweet guy.

People know Nate for his favorite drink which is hands down, iced tea.

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