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Craftsman enjoys projects which provide a challenge.

Craftsman enjoys projects which provide a challenge

Victor Germaniuk transforms wood into art, through hours of meticulous woodworking and superior, unique craftsmanship.

"The more challenging and difficult the project, the better," says Germaniuk.

He started Woodcraft Design, an architectural woodworking business, two years ago after owning a sign company in Thunder Bay for 10 years.

"I've switched occupations, but my desire for design and creativity is the same," explains Germaniuk.

Woodcraft Design offers custom woodwork and design services primarily for the residential market. Germaniuk's specialties include curved and spiral stair-cases, balconies, custom doors, fireplace mantles, furniture, intricate trim finishings and unique designs.


"This art requires time and exacting detail. My hourly rate is actually less than most, but because of the time involved, projects can be expensive but well worth it," explains Germaniuk.

There is a market for detailed, custom woodworking in Thunder Bay relative to the city's size, but Germaniuk plans to tap lucrative markets in Minneapolis, Toronto and Ottawa by the end of the year. He is now constructing a 3,000-square-foot building to accommodate the increased workload.

"There is a definite demand in larger cities because there is a larger base of higher income customers," he says. "I'll compete with big city woodworkers by offering superior craftsmanship and lower rates, because my overhead is much less than metropolitan rates."

Germaniuk describes his business as running hot and cold because of its detailed nature.

"It might be harder to get contracts at times because of my meticulous approach and the subsequent hours involved. But the ones I do get are well worth my time and the customer's cost," he says.

Germaniuk hires workers according to project demands, but he prefers to stay small and specialized.

"I'm extremely fussy, and I like to oversee all details," admits Germaniuk.

Customers are kept confidential because of security and privacy reasons, but Germaniuk says they are very pleased with the end result, and he receives many referrals from happy clients.

PHOTO : Time and exacting detail goe into the construction of sprial staircases such as this one says Victor Germaniuk of Woodcraft Design in Thunder Bay.
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Title Annotation:Report on Construction; Victor Germaniuk of Woodcraft Design
Author:Rapino, Robin
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Date:May 1, 1991
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