Your Window & Door Guy: Eric Voss

Eric Voss

What is your name?

Eric Voss

What is your position and how long have you worked with Versatile?

Eric Voss: I am the Shop Manager, and have worked with Versatile for 8.5 years. I started with Versatile Sash.

How long have you been building custom wood products?

Eric Voss: 35 years

How and why did you start woodworking?

I’ve always enjoyed woodworking so when the opportunity to take an apprenticeship that would send me to college came up, I took it.

What is the most memorable project you’ve worked on with Versatile, and why?

The Heceta Head Lighthouse entry door. There were 165 components in the door and frame and I had 5 shop guys working on the project. The end result had zero errors.

Eric Voss

What was the most challenging project you’ve worked on with Versatile, and why?

The oval pivot window we created for a residence. There were a lot of components and it was difficult to maintain accuracy as some of the joints had to be hand cut.

Eric Voss

What is your favorite wood species to work with, and why?

 Mahogany or sapele – they are easy to work with, machine well and look great when stained or finished with a clear coat.

What are your interests/hobbies outside of work?

 Aside from working at home, I build puzzles. I’m currently working on a 18,000 piece puzzle – 4 landscape photos of 4,500 pieces each. It’s 9ft by 6ft.

Eric Voss

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Witherspoon Building: Case Study Update

 Witherspoon Building

What challenges did Versatile face during the Witherspoon Building project?

The age of the Witherspoon building combined with the amount of steel that was required to bring the building up to current seismic standards made our job very difficult.

Another challenge was incorporating electronics for a security system into a solid wood door.

 Witherspoon Building

What were the Uniquely Versatile solutions?

We had to keep very close vertical and horizontal alignment throughout our storefront system. We built the rough openings around the steel beams.

To incorporate the electronics, we ran wiring through the lock rail of the door to get them from a special hinge to an electrified latch. This was then linked to a card reader. This was an extremely difficult and laborious task that our shop pulled off.

 Witherspoon Building

What was the result?

The vertical mullions at the lower and upper storefront windows align perfectly, as do all of the casings.

As for the door, the result was an end product that looks beautifully simple and historic. But upon closer inspection, actually houses a tremendous amount of hardware and technology.

 Witherspoon Building

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