"Learning cabinetmaking has taught me all the steps necessary to build something. I could build a house with what I know. "
In Canada, hardwoods, used in furniture and cabinets, are found primarily in Ontario and Quebec.
Bélanger is a junior cabinetmaker for a company making high-end
display cases. Catherine hadn't set her heart on a career as a cabinetmaker.
All she knew coming out of high school is that she wanted to work with
her hands and to see concrete results at the end of the day.
She was accepted in three different training programs and chose cabinetmaking because it seemed like a challenge she'd never worked with wood before. It was love a first sight.
Did you know? In North America, there are 82% more hardwoods today than 40 years ago.
All of Catherine's co-workers are older than she is and they're all men. She doesn't mind it at all. They give her a lot of support and helpful advice. Where some places start their junior cabinetmakers at $8 per hour, Catherine's starting salary was $10 per hour for a 41-hour week.
is said that, to be a good carpenter, you first have to measure, and then
you measure again and, only then do you cut. It's even more important
in cabinetmaking to have perfectly measured and cut pieces.
Arts College Diploma (Quebec DEC) and another DEC
Hobbies: Stained glass windows and handcrafted leather accessories