Robin Pyke photo
Bill Pyke was born and bred in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. His home town, first settled in 1753, enjoys an historic, yet still thriving, reputation for fine builders & shipwrights.
Bill's grandfather was a well-respected contractor whose credits include a church in Feltzen South, several houses in Lunenburg and the last Cross Island lighthouse. As a young man, Bill followed his grandfather into woodworking. He's been at it ever since.
In 1967, Bill took on his first job. "Neptune Theatre was looking for stage crew, " he recalls. For the next 12 years, he built theatre scenery across Canada and into the United States, then overseas in Paris and London.
After a stint as a house-builder, he left construction. By choosing the finer side of the trade, he can take the time to do the job: a fitting tribute to the look, versatility and strength of the design, the wood, and the project.
Alex Pyke - Bill's son - has recently started working with his Dad. Alex is a talented and creative guy, with lots of energy and ideas. Working with Bill gives him the opportunity to learn in an apprentice-type role and take good advantage of his father's years of experience. It also complements nicely with his course work from NSCC's two-year Heritage Carpentry Program.
When not learning from his Dad, Alex plays guitar (and other instruments), composes music and songs and enjoys time with his dog Millie - a rambunctious, sweet Retriever.