Sasha comes from a family of tradesmen, but when she took a temporary construction job five years ago, she thought it would be just that, temporary. Fast forward to present day and Sasha has created a life for herself beyond her wildest imaginations. Not only has she broken stereotypical norms by becoming a successful carpenter in a male-dominated industry, but she’s also rewritten the rules of what a ‘home’ should look like.
Today you will find Sasha living out her dream as a traveling female carpenter. Along with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and a dog, they live life on the road in their motorhome, building homes in secluded areas around Vancouver and the Gulf Islands. Her partner in life and business is her boyfriend, who has taught her almost everything she knows about carpentry. “I must say we are really lucky; we’ve worked in some really amazing places and do some pretty cool jobs.”
She began her journey into carpentry knowing almost nothing about construction or tools. Today, she can basically build a house on her own. As with any beginning of a career, the first few years were not always smooth sailing. Whilst it took time for her body to become strong enough to get the job done, the real challenge was building up her self-esteem and self-worth. There have been times she has been disrespected but chose not to speak up, scared that she would lose her job or make life harder for herself.
When she decided that she wanted to be in the construction industry for the long-haul, she started speaking up. Once she started walking into every single job with her head held high, people started showing her more respect and took her seriously. If she could change anything about her journey, it would be to speak up sooner rather than later.
Having moved countless times in the past five years, Sasha has learned “how important it is to explore places during the short time that I’m there and to appreciate the littlest things.” With her small family and the open road ahead of them, the opportunities for Sasha as a traveling carpenter are seemingly endless. Sasha is an inspiration to anyone who is thinking of living life differently from how society says that you should. If she could give her younger self any advice it would be “prove the world wrong girl. You got this”.