Michael Davis owns Framing Square Construction in Conifer, Colorado. He grew up in West Texas and worked in the oil fields before landing a job as a construction laborer. He quickly became a carpenter's helper and then later, a framer—which turned out to be his calling in life. Davis's first big break came when he signed on with a traveling piecework crew that framed motels all over the Southwest. It taught him a lot about production framing—though later in life he would pay the price (three elbow surgeries and a bum shoulder) for driving 100 pounds of nails per day with a 32-ounce Vaughn. His next job was with a framing company in New Mexico, where he worked his way up to crew leader, became a partner, and ended up owning the company. All told, he spent 33 years framing across the Southwest, in Western Canada, and on Colorado's Western Slope—where he built multi-million dollar condos in places like Aspen and Vail. Davis has slowed down; he no longer has 50+ employees and is not chasing big jobs. But he still works with tools: building decks, installing siding, and doing the occasional remodel. When Davis isn't building, he writes for Tools of the Trade and does his bit as a volunteer fire-fighter.
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