Wayne Wentzell, who owns Wentzell Construction, was one of the many contractors that worked on the project. Wentzell is very familiar with White Point, and has worked with the resort for 20 years on new buildings and renovating cottages. His company was actually on site when the fire happened, renovating to some of the cottages.
As Risley was gathering contractors, Wentzell was one of those he called. Initially though Wentzell said no.
"It's too big a project from what was envisioned," he said.
That wasn't the end of it though. Wentzell said Risley did a lot of gentle persuasion, and eventually he agreed to do some work.
"I'm glad we did take part now, but I was a little leery at first," he said, but added, "When you make up your mind to do something, you do it."
Wentzell and his company did framing, siding and windows on the lodge. It was one of the biggest buildings they had worked on, and he says working with such a large team proved challenging as well.
They managed to get everything done on time, though some of it was right down to the wire. There was an issue with some of the siding, and it needed to be reordered. It came in Wednesday night, and they installed it on Thursday morning as the first guests for Nova Scotia Music Week arrived.
Wentzell thinks the results are fantastic however, and is grateful Risley decided to work with trades people from Queens.
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Nathan Cromwell-Ives a Grade 12 student at Liverpool Regional High School had a helping hand in the lodge as well. Cromwell-Ives is part of the Options and Opportunities program at the school, which pairs students up with employers in the field they are interested in.
Cromwell-Ives interest lies in carpentry, and he was looking for a summer placement. The opportunity came up for him to spend seven weeks helping with the rebuild, and he took it.
Over his time on the build, he worked on many parts of the lodge.
"I went along with the guys and did what they were doing. There was a lot of back and forth from one thing to another," he says.
The workers were willing to teach him the skills for the jobs, and he says it was a great learning experience.
Little people return
Joe Winters is a well-known folk artists from Queens County, and he was tasked with creating some special art for the lodge. One of the most popular requests he says was for the return of the "little people," carved statues in folk art style. Originally there were two on site, but Winters was asked to make four.
There's a little bit of fun injected into them as well. One is named Elliot after original owner Howard Elliot. The others are named after Robert Risley, and Winters himself, along with one other named Lester.