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Updated: 08/31/2014 01:04:26PM

Skilled construction tradesmen

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SUN PHOTO BY STEVE REILLY, reilly@sun-herald.com

Lord Chesterfield Construction Inc. oversees the remodeling of an Englewood resturant at Cocoanut Avenue and Indiana Avenue (State Road 776). Justin McIntyre, a Boyd Brothers Service electrian, is among the construction trademen working on the project. Electricians and other skilled tradesmen are in short supply locally and throughout the nation.

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Reflecting the turnaround in the home building industry, Maronda Homes was adding to its River Club development off Harborview Road in Port Charlotte.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Reflecting the turnaround in the home-building industry, Maronda Homes was adding to its River Club development off Harborview Road in Port Charlotte. The new homes will meet all current regulations, including higher wind-resistant standards.

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Master carpenter Phil Baker, 85, in his workshop. Baker restored many of New England's finest colonial homes since the 1950s, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Wayside Inn after a fire took the ballroom, the 1640 Whipple Home in Ipswitch, Mass., the Clock House in Colonial Williamsburg, and President Franklin Pierce's Homestead in Concord, N.H. With few students entering the field nowadays, Baker's skill is in danger of becoming a dying art.

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Volunteers help to raise a wall during a Habitat for Humanity build. Even organizations like Habitat could start to feel the pinch if the local shortage of skilled workers continues.

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Volunteers help to raise a wall during a Habitat for Humanity build. Even organizations like Habitat could start to feel the pinch if the local shortage of skilled workers continues.

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Charlotte Technical Center students, from left, Daniel Jones, Ben DeFabbio, Dallas Fraley, Cody Peterson and Joshua Almack prepare to help install trusses at the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association's PALM home in Port Charlotte, where students work with professional tradesmen in the building process. This program, along with the industries involved, is feeling the pinch of the lack of workers and interested students in skilled trades.

By STEVE REILLY, Staff Writer

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Finding construction work is no longer a problem — the industry is on the mend after the long recession. But finding skilled and experienced tradesmen is a different story.

Marcos Carvalho and his MPH Flooring partner, Mike Halunen, specialize in the installation of all types of flooring, tile and marble.

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