The ACC Team

Concord Carpenter Authors

 The Concord Carpenter Writing Team

Concord Carpenter is published by A Concord Carpenter, LLC under the direction of Editor Robert Robillard.   Concord Carpenter features several regular professional contractors, remodelers and DIY enthusiasts.

The diverse experience of these contributors provides our readers great perspective from many different end users.  We strive to specializing in showing best practices, and problem solving advice on the following topics:

  • Construction techniques and products
  • Remodeling
  • Woodworking
  • Home Design and Furnishings
  • Home improvement and Maintenance
  • Do-It-Yourself Projects

Our motto:  “Well done is better than well said!”

Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of ConcordCarpenter.com and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at: info@aconcordcarpenter.com

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Phil Benevides

Carpenter / Assistant Editor

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA.Phil continues to grow his skills as a carpenter and leader, while exploring new products, methods, and tools!

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Ethan Bickford

Carpenter / Remodeler / ACC Photographer

Ethan Bickford has a long history with carpentry. His father worked as a contractor for many years and taught him the ins and outs of home repair and remodeling from a very young age. Since then Ethan has kept up his skills and knowledge by doing handyman work while in college and eventually started his own carpentry and remodeling company which he’s been running for the last three years. Ethan loves teaching and advising on tools and techniques and is a big fan of quality workmanship. His motto is: “Do it right the first time!”

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Ben Carmichael

Ben Carmichael

Writer / ACC Photographer / Videographer / Fly fisherman / DIY Fanatic

Ben Carmichael is a communications and marketing professional, with experience in content strategy, video production and marketing, social media and email marketing, digital photography, and SEO, to name a few. He is also the proud owner of an historic home in Concord, Massachusetts. Built in 1860, the home keeps him busy: there’s plenty of projects — from painting and insulation, to a bathroom remodeling project — to be done. For A Concord Carpenter, Ben compliments the site's construction expertise with the perspective of an avid home DIY’er. Ben is also an avid fly fishermen, and has had his articles and photography published by fly fishing magazines. His website, New England on the Fly, is devoted to fly fishing in New England.

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William Burns

Carpenter / Preservation Carpenter

William J. Burns is a June 2011 graduate of North Bennet Street School’s Preservation Carpentry program in Boston, MA. He has worked on many projects including window restoration at the Old State House in Boston, MA and completed many other restoration projects at five Shaker Villages across New York and the New England states. He spent two summers at the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village working exclusively on the 1829 Brethrens’ Workshop.He has volunteered with the Historic Albany Foundation, Colonie Historical Society, Friends of Pruyn House, Shaker Heritage Society, and Cambridge (MA) Historical Society.After years of careful research, William discovered a Shaker tenant farmhouse in Loudonville, New York. Previously unknown by local historians and Shaker preservationists, it has since been identified as a significant part of the Watervliet Shaker Village, America’s first Shaker settlement.William was the preservation carpenter at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH recently for over a year and is now on the ACC team.

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John Peachey

John Peachey

Writer / Teacher / DIY Enthusiast

John Peachey is a 24-year veteran teacher with a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology. John is passionate about technology and is a big fan of Apple hardware and other techie gadgets. As a homeowner, John enjoys spending time in his workshop and in his yard getting his hands dirty completing DIY projects. For ten years John was the general manager of a swimming and sailing club, responsible for overseeing and maintaining the extensive facilities. In his free time, John enjoys outdoor activities, especially golf, fishing, boating, biking, and camping. John’s love of the outdoors provides him with the time and opportunity to field test and review knives, multi-tools, flashlights, yard tools, and other handy devices. In addition, supporting teachers, students, and friends with technology for more than 20 years has provided him with the experience to advise, evaluate, and integrate technology products into a user’s daily life. Here at A Concord Carpenter, John enjoys reviewing all of these products.

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Scott Robillard

Scott Robillard

Master Plumber / ACC Plumbing Adviser

Scott is a licensed Master Plumber and owns and operates Scott Robillard Plumbing and Heating located in Waltham MassachusettsEstablished in June 2001, his company enthusiastically handles most facets of the plumbing, heating, or gas fitting industries, specializing in residential and light commercial work.Scott, who is also Rob's younger brother, tests tools for Concord Carpenter and advises on plumbing issues, articles, projects and industry related tools.

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Michael Hopp

Writer / Carpenter / Remodeler

Michael Hopp is a registered contractor in the State of Rhode Island. He has been registered for the last 13 years specializing in interior and exterior remodeling, doors and windows. Mike began practicing his trade 20 years ago at William M. Davies Career and Technical High School in carpentry shop. This gave him the opportunity to become an apprentice at Brodeur Window Distributors. Mike continued working at the company for 10 years. During this time he was in charge of the specialty door shop and assisted on service calls. For the last 13 years, Mike has been work as a general contractor in Rhode Island with his company MJH Construction LLC. Even though his background is in doors and windows, his passion is for remodel work.

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Josh Bordenca

Josh Bordenca

Carpenter / Remodeler / ACC Videographer

Josh has been a carpenter for twelve years. He began his carpentry career long before he even knew it. His grandfather, and uncle, had strong interests in carpentry and were a big influence on him growing up.In order to pay for college, Josh joined a small remodeling company and worked after school and weekends eventually earning a bachelor’s degree from Salem State University.After college, He continued working as a carpenter, perfecting his skills. Later on Josh joined a large general contracting company based out of Marblehead, Massachusetts. He began as a laborer and was quickly put on the finish carpentry team. Spending just over 6 years with this company, he worked on high-end homes, additions, and foundation to finish builds.Josh joined the Concord Carpenter crew in 2012. His passion for perfection and excellent finish carpentry skills are a great asset to the Concord Carpenter team. Josh takes pride in producing quality work, while expanding his knowledge and skill, all with a little country music in the background!

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Jeff Williams

Writer / Carpenter / Woodworker

Jeff Williams comes from a long line of contractors. His parents started a commercial General Contracting firm many years ago and it has afforded him life-long, hands-on learning opportunities from rough and fine carpentry all the way to structural steel and concrete. He formalized his training by completing a Construction Management degree. Currently he's a carpenter for a commercial General Contracting company specializing in concrete, steel, and wood buildings. For him, nothing beats the thrill of being able to coordinate and successfully manage large projects all the way through to completion. Inspired by the difficulties sometimes encountered to complete punch lists his motto is, "Work hard until the job is done."

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Scott Arnold

Writer / Carpenter / Remodeler

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is a young remodeler, and a 911 Dispatcher for a Boston area, Metro West 911 Center. When he is not in the Communications Center, you will find Scott getting his hands dirty on any number of contracting jobs, whether it is for his customers or on his newly purchased house. Scott enjoys remodeling, DIY projects, spending time with his wife and 2 kids. Scott will help share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on ToolBoxBuzz.com

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Don Halsted

Don Halsted

Don Hansted ~ Woodworking Editor

Don Halsted has been an avid weekend woodworker for over 30 years. His background in mechanical engineering drives his interest in design, building and, of course, tools. He has done coursework at the North Bennett Street School in Boston and attended lectures by masters in the field. Don has matched antique moldings, built a walk in redwood wine cellar, cradles, toy boxes, Shaker boxes & trays and numerous bookcases and cabinets. Don enjoys the entire process from project design, milling rough lumber, trying new ideas on prototypes, building jigs for “production runs” and, to a lesser degree, finishing. He like to use a combination of antique tools, hand tools and modern machine tools. He looks for well-designed and well-built tools of each type.

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Rob Foster

After purchasing a 100+ year-old home, it quickly become apparent that he'd need to learn a thing or two about renovation. As with many who start with great ambitions, Rob soon found out that it takes twice as long and costs twice as much to get things done right. Plus, for every problem you fix, there are many more lurking behind the walls. It was while working on his house that he was able to marry his passion for renovation with his professional life as a public relations consultant. For the past seven years, he has become the go-to guy in the building products PR sector, having worked with Gorilla Glue, TimberTech, Robert Bosch, Skil, C.H. Hanson, Husqvarna, and (currently) the media relations expert for Senco. Now, after putting a whole host of projects under his belt, Rob will be sharing his experiences with us, having kept abreast of the industry from the perspective of a remodeler and manufacturer's representative for the past twelve years.

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Jim Nadeau

Jim Nadeau is a Master Electrician and owns and runs Nadeau Electric LLC established 2007. Nadeau Electric specializes in older homes and light commercial projects. Jim Nadeau uses his 15 years of electrical experience to review the latest electrical tools and advise on any electrical concerns that may arise for the Concord Carpenter Crew.

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Sarah Carmichael

Sarah Carmichael is a writer and editor living in Concord, Massachusetts. Her writing has covered a number of subjects, including business, baseball, politics, history, and culture. She is an avid gardener and DIYer, and spends most weekends working on projects pertaining to her 1860 home.

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Jeff Kirk

Jeff Kirk

Journeyman Carpenter/ Renovations/ Finish carpentry/ Graphic and Illustration Artist/ Gym Rat Hailing from Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada . Jeff graduated from the Nova Scotia Intitute of Technology's Carpentry diploma program in 2005, from there became indentured in the apprenticeship program and then completed the Interprovincial Exam receiving his Red seal in 2008. Focusing mainly in residential high end renovation and custom new homes. He brings his knowledge of better building practices and understanding of how to get the most out of power tools to the team.

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