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Industrial Athlete Highlight: Patrick Letourneau

INDUSTRIAL ATHLETE HIGHLIGHT: PATRICK LETOURNEAU

Working as a Carpenter

Patrick’s story is like many of ours. His dad was a builder, and he realized he wanted to get into building, but didn't have a long-term plan. In 2012, he saw someone framing a house, stopped and asked him for a job, and started the following Monday. Fast forward six years and Blackbird Finish Carpentry was born. Now, Letourneau is working as a carpenter and has been involved in the many facets of the trade ─ from framing furniture to cabinetry. 

Commitment & Passion

What kept Patrick committed to his trade? He stuck with working as a carpenter because he loves the work. He likes the sweating, being physically tired, and the idea of having to problem-solve to do the job better. He likes asking himself, "How do I do this thing I do all the time, but make it incrementally better?"

Being an Industrial Athlete

To Letourneau, being an Industrial Athlete is mostly about your ability to continue doing what you're doing day-to-day with the mindset that you're going to be getting better at it. 


"I think there's a difference between someone who's just working a job to get to the end of the day and then to the end of their life. As an athlete, if you're at the same skill level from the beginning to the end, no one wants you on their team. I think of being an Industrial Athlete the same way; if I'm coming into this from more of that mindset, I know I need to be better tomorrow than I was today. I think that's the goal I want to reach, and that's how I define Industrial Athlete," he says.  


Check out Patrick Letourneau of Blackbird Finish Carpentry working as a carpenter in the video below. 



More Than a Carpenter

Whether you’re working as a carpenter or swinging from the trees as a professional arborist, Truewerk wants to hear about you. Join #IANation and inspire other tradespeople to elevate their craft to the max! As part of our mission to promote passion and commitment to our work, we’ve designed a special logo for the IA Nation community. When you see it, you’re getting a reminder of your power as a tradesperson.


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Alt text: Man using tools to cut wood

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