About Us


After being in the remodeling business for many years, Gary Tenfel founded Custom Craft Carpentry out of a desire to work with logs and build log homes.

Where did it all start? This may sound common, but it seems as though Gary was born with a hammer in his hand. Often as a curious youngster, he spent time alongside his Grandpa helping to pull nails from old boards. His Grandpa remarked “someday you’re going to build things!” Eventually those old boards were used to build a garage, and Gary was right in the middle of all the work. 

While most kids enjoyed their summer playing sports or swimming, he filled his days building tree forts in the woods. Some were really incredible tree houses; one was two stories and had a wood stove! As young as 16 years old Gary was building recreation rooms for family and friends. He earned a reputation for really good work, low wages, and creative ideas. 

In 1985, Gary got the opportunity to build a conference center out of logs. It was during that project that Gary fell in love with working with logs, and decided to start a company building custom, high quality crafted log homes. He became acquainted with a representative of Wilderness Log Homes who had a client in need of a contractor, and that was the ‘ground breaking’ of Custom Craft Carpentry during the Spring of 1985.

Since then Gary and his wife Karen have continued to build their company into what it is today. Custom Craft Carpentry, Inc. is a well established solid company that is dedicated to building high quality homes from ground breaking to house warming!