Photo by Amanda Dale
SKILL: Cabinet maker Ronnie Pitcher cuts a piece of trimwork at CNC Automated Carpentry Ltd.
Photo by Amanda Dale SKILL: Cabinet maker Ronnie Pitcher cuts a piece of trimwork at CNC Automated Carpentry Ltd.

If you are looking for quality shutters that will stand up to Bermuda’s harsh ‘coastal’ climate, then CNC Automated Carpentry Ltd can meet your needs.

The woodworking firm was founded in 2000 and consists of co-owners Rick Vesely and Joe Baron, plus Ronnie Pitcher, all of whom are cabinet makers.

Mr Vesely said: “Combined, we have 60 years of experience, and have a good reputation among clients.

Custom-made

“All of our clients seem very satisfied with our work and we try to keep our pricing as low as possible.

“In this day and age, you can’t price yourself out of the market, you have to work faster or smarter to compete.”

CNC Automated Carpentry Ltd uses a high-precision cutting machine from CNC in Germany, which creates intricate pieces of millwork from computer-generated designs.

“Whatever shape can be drawn on a computer screen, whether 2-D or 3-D, we have the capability of cutting,” said Mr Vesely.

“We can do complete custom work for clients, from doors to window fabrication, to custom pieces of furniture, inlays, cabinetry and shutters.

“We have a one-on-one with the client to establish the design and then involve the client in the design process.”

CNC Automated Carpentry Ltd can create three different types of shutter.

Mr Vesely said: “We do a traditional Bermuda-style shutter with a very wide slat, plus beading detail.

“We also do a regular shutter which is more modern-looking. And then we do custom shutters where we use movable louvres, and any other detail the client requests. We can do any design the client wants.

“We have a good reputation for shutters. Over the past 13 years we have strived to experiment with different types of lumber, to see what holds up in Bermuda’s climate, and to give value to the customer.

“We’ve finally narrowed it down to Accoya, which we’ve been using as our lumber for five years now.

“We were the first to do anything with Accoya in Bermuda, and believe it is the best material for all millwork, with the island’s climate being so damp.

“Accoya is very universal in what you can do with it, and the stability of the lumber is excellent. It’s also very easy to work with and is the lumber of choice for sustainability.

“How the company manages its forests is quite remarkable, and the technology and special treatment used on the wood is also impressive.”

Accoya is a high performance, low maintenance acetylated wood produced by Accsys Technologies PLC, which has a wood production plant in Europe and offices in the Netherlands, US and UK.

The company describes Accoya as “the world’s leading high technology long-life wood”, renowned for durability, stability, reliability and its aesthetics.

Accoya is radiata pine, a fast-growing tree. It is only sourced from sustainable forests, so when one part of the forest is cut down, another part is replanted at the same time, to ensure reforestation.

The wood is sourced from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and other regionally-certified woods.

Mr Vesely said: “We can also work with exotic woods, as far as what the client’s requests and needs are.

“But we try to steer the client away from using other materials.

“At the end of the day if you’re trying to save $200-300 on materials but then have it rot because of Mother Nature, you’re better off going with the better materials and not having to worry about it for years to come.”

 CNC Automated Carpentry ltd, 3 Cemetery Road, Pembroke. Open 7:30am-4pm, Monday to Friday. Call 292-9041 or e-mail cnc@northrock.bm