The early years
A Vancouver resident for more than 30 years, Douglas has always been mechanically minded. He learned many handyman skills by helping his dad with repair and improvement projects at home. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he attended Benson Polytechnic High School where he learned several construction trades. After taking the building construction shop class, he wanted to be a carpenter and build houses, but his mom & dad insisted on getting a college education instead. Then he learned BASIC programming, but there was no computer science major in high school at that time. And the instructor didn’t believe there was a future in computers (that was during the era of mainframe computers before the Mac and PC were invented).
Douglas enjoyed taking things apart and fixing them successfully, such as the family’s toaster in electrical shop where the assignment was to bring from home something broken and attempt to fix it! Engineering was not a career option because he could not remember all the formulas in pre-calculus (nor did the instructor adequately explain what they were for). Instead, Douglas majored in architectural drawing during the junior and senior years of high school with the intent of becoming an architect. However, architectural schools did not accept him to their programs (apparently they were looking for students who had other creative skills such as pottery and sculpture!). So he discovered a little known, low demand program called landscape architecture after being visiting the U of O architecture school anyway, and becoming intrigued by the topographic maps that were displayed with which he was familiar after years in Scouting.
The middle years
Douglas graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and worked 23 years designing parks, school grounds, roadway landscapes, and commercial sites until the 2008 recession. Afterwards, he self-learned a programming language called Objective-C which was used by Apple and eventually had 28 apps in the iPhone App store. But working at home was not a real job (that perception sure changed during the COVID pandemic!!!) and all jobs in computer science required a computer science degree which he did not have. So he worked several seemingly unrelated jobs since then, including in a big box home improvements store for three years where he learned more about building materials. During that time, he founded Action Craftworks LLC as a woodworking company in 2013. In retrospect, most of the jobs, including self-employed as an independent contractor, became stepping stones or at least a learning experience for the next career job.
In summer of 2021, a realtor for Douglas’s in-laws house recommended using TaskRabbit to prepare the house for sale (since contractors were too busy) . Except there didn’t appear to be anyone available and capable to tear out all the carpeting in the house to expose the original existing nice oak floor. So Douglas learned and did it himself. As well as all the other landscape and interiors improvements.
Afterwards, Douglas became an independent contractor with TaskRabbit and has completed over 300 tasks including minor home repairs, product mounting, furniture assembly, and more. You can read his 5 ⭐️ customer reviews at https://tr.co/douglas-l–10. His profile there says “working in Portland” which is not totally true. TaskRabbit considers Vancouver to be part of the Portland market. Douglas only works in Washington due to the numerous Oregon business taxes (and traffic and lack of parking, etc). You can still book Douglas L. on TaskRabbit, but keep in mind that they add a support fee which varies (has been as high as 37%) and often marks up his hourly rate (around 3% or more).
In December 2022, Douglas applied for and obtained licensing for Action Craftworks LLC as a general contractor. Due to business overhead costs such as licensing, bonding, insurance, web hosting and business taxes, the hourly rates here on Action Craftworks LLC are slightly higher than on TaskRabbit. But you usually will save money here because Action Craftworks LLC doesn’t charge additional markup or support fees, other than the required Washington state sales tax.
Douglas is still mechanically minded and pays close attention to detail to do things right the first time. His past experience includes landscape architectural design, creating construction drawings and specifIcations, home repairs, and woodworking. He uses a variety of tools such as multiple cordless power tools to maximize efficiency during home repairs and installations work. His goal is to help you save you time and effort by accurately completing your home repairs and product installations.
Douglas has been a runner since around 2000 and finished his 25th marathon in 2022 (probably his final) and looks forward to running shorter distances, cycling, swimming and bowling. He designed and built sports medals displays to accommodate his growing collection of running finisher medals. They are still available for sale as built-to-order on this website.