About The Honest Carpenter
THE HONEST CARPENTER was founded in 2018 by Ethan Daniel James, a professional tradesman and writer in Raleigh, NC.

Having spent much of his life working as a carpenter throughout North Carolina, Ethan eventually realized that the number one problem facing homeowners was a lack of access to credible advice. Disheartened by what he saw as increasingly unethical standards in residential construction, he began to imagine ways that he could provide homeowners with the support they needed to maintain their homes and avoid predatory contracting practices.

Ethan received a BA in English from UNC-Greensboro, and spent a year studying Scottish Literature at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. When he’s not consulting online or carrying out construction projects, he can usually be found reading, hiking, or spending time with friends and family.



Ross James spent over 30 years in the construction business. He has been a Licensed General Contractor in North Carolina and Nevada and now posts for TheHonestCarpenter.com. Ross also does homeowner consulting (unrelated to The Honest Carpenter). You can reach him through our Contact page—he would love to hear your requests for blog topics.

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