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"Who Are those Guys?"

Butch Cassidy

    Soon to complete his fourth decade in the Construction Trades, Peter Mars started with Gaehwyler Construction in San Francisco in the spring of 1979.
    Following a short stint as a Carpenter's apprentice with Oakland Local 2236, Peter joined Remick Construction in 1980.
    After numerous successful remodel projects with the Piedmont, CA. based crew, where he picked up many new skills and experiences,  Peter ventured into the San Francisco Bay Area construction market as a self employed free-lance Journey level carpenter in 1983.


    Mister Mars, as he often refers to himself, has worked with, and along side, many local builders, contractors and architects, including:  Kirk Griswold, Brian Levy, Joe Costerella, Ace Architects, Profile Design Group, Peter Lena, Bruce Lightbody, Wayne Katsumata, Larry Arthur,  Wayne Campbell and most recently Rod Garret.

His ten year association with Wayne Campbell saw Peter exposed to an even wider range of experiences and accomplishments. The first two-storey Lincoln Log cabin west of the Mississippi, the first full service indoor rock climbing gym in the US, ariel rigging for Zacco Dance Company productions at Fort Point, San Francisco and Jacob's Pillow, Massachusettes.


After several financially unsuccessful forays into a variety of alternative careers, including Professional motorcycle racing, Furniture and Printmaking, and a high performance motorcycle shop, Mr. Mars returned to the Trades in 1992. In 1993 he tested successfully with the CSLB (Contractors State License Board) and was licensed  by the State of California as  'B' General Contractor.

    The next decade or so saw Mr. Mars continue to successfully complete an ever widening circle of interesting and unusual projects.      
  Burning Man in 1999 witnessed Mars, along with a rookie crew of raw cowboy wannabees, erect 10,000 square feet of shade upon the Black Rock Desert. 
    Two years after he collaborated with Rod Garret on an re-useable, fabric covered, igloo shaped tensile structure that housed Camp Arctica; the ice supplier to citizens of Black Rock City during the annual Burning Man Arts Festival in Nevada.
    He continues his record of start to finish  successful building projects to this day.  And most probably will for several more decades, at least.

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