Nathan Gilbert is the newest member of the team, serving as Carpenter on Ask This Old House.
Nathan was selected as one of three in the first class of Generation NEXT apprentices and spent the summer of 2017 working alongside the TOH team on the Newton Generation NEXT project. During his time as an apprentice, Nathan helped shine a spotlight on the skilled trades gap in the construction industry in high profile ways--speaking on Capitol Hill before senators and congressmen and appearing at the opening ceremony of the International Builder’s Show in 2018.
Thrilled by the experience of being part of the This Old House family, Nathan didn’t expect much after his apprenticeship ended. He was surprised to get an email many months later from the Ask This Old House producers to see if he’d be willing to make some house calls both alongside Tom Silva and on his own. Of course, he said yes.
Growing up, Nathan learned his skills from his father, who ran a carpentry business south of Boston. His father even appeared in an early season of This Old House, demonstrating his technique for hanging cabinets.
After high school, Nathan followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and enlisted as a Navy Seabee, the construction battalion within the US Navy. He served in three deployments across five years that took him to Afghanistan, Djibouti, and Timor Leste. After leaving the Navy, he returned home to Massachusetts and started his own finish carpentry business.
Nathan and his wife are newlyweds; they live south of Boston.