Shaping a Remodeling Business

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014.
Hank Wall, owner Wood Wise Design & Remodeling
Hank Wall, owner
Wood Wise Design & Remodeling

As a graduate of Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont, Hank Wall has used his experience and training there to shape Wood Wise Design & Remodeling. In the 2014/15 school course catalog, Hank was featured in the alumni profiles. Here’s what Hank has to say about his time at Yestermorrow and its impact on his business:


I was a 30-year old carpenter when I moved to Vermont in 1981 and started working for Yestermorrow. The school was an infant and local experts were teaching building and design. Mac Rood, Jim Sanford, David Sellers, Kathy Meyer, Bill Maclay and, of course, John Connell were all there in Warren, sharing what they knew with folks from all over the country. I was paid enough to qualify as staff but I was clearly a student of design/build. It was the best job in town – and it came with a free breakfast!


I ‘graduated’ from Yestermorrow in 1984. I did carpentry in Waitsfield for a while before moving back to North Carolina where I’ve been for 30 years, but I still miss Yestermorrow.


My company Wood Wise does design/build remodeling in Raleigh. The Yestermorrow training was my setup for approaching home renovation with different words and different ideas, for bringing psychology to remodeling, for being an advocate for personalizing your space to enjoy life more.


Yestermorrow shaped my career by feeding me rich ideas when I was young and eager to learn. I appreciate getting the Yestermorrow bump. Keep up the great work! The ripple effect is still going in students from years ago.”


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