Mission Statement

Lefthand Masonry’s mission is to help clients realize their dreams by providing them with masonry structures that combine unsurpassed quality and functionality with timeless beauty while always utilizing sustainable building practices.

 

Philosophy

In a world full of imitations and replicas, we strive to build real, genuine and functional structures. We promote practical masonry where masonry is not only used for form but also for function, combining old world craftsmanship, modern knowledge, and the most appropriate materials. We strive to develop relationships with our clients built upon honesty, trust and genuine craftsmanship. Lefthand Masonry LLC is a specialized masonry contractor specializing in highly efficient masonry building envelopes, wood burning masonry heating and cooking systems that are clean burning and efficient, and all forms of sustainable masonry projects.

 

About Matthew

Matthew Helicke single handedly launched Lefthand Masonry in 2009, though many people inspired him along the way. His lifelong interests in wood-fired heating and construction were sparked by his father, Jim, who founded a chimney cleaning, repair, and supply business in southwestern Pennsylvania the same year Matthew was born. Since then, Matthew has earned two university degrees in construction and racked up more than a decade of professional experience in commercial and residential masonry.

Matthew’s formal training in masonry began at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he earned an A.S. in Building Construction Technology with a Masonry Emphasis in 2001. There, Matt built his first Rumford fireplace and learned about masonry heaters in Glenn Luse’s fireplace technologies course.

After graduation, Matt moved to the front range of Colorado and eventually to Fort Collins in 2002. There he worked on and ran commercial masonry projects in Northern Colorado from Sterling to Steamboat Springs and everywhere in between. While in Fort Collins, Matthew earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Colorado State University. It is here that his commitment to sustainable construction practices were inspired.

In 2008, Matt began pursuing his continual interest of building efficient wood fired appliances. He took a job with Maine Wood Heat Company after meeting the company’s founder, Albie Barden, at the Masonry Heater Association’s (MHA) Annual Meeting. Matt spent most of 2008 building and studying masonry heaters and wood fired bake ovens in New England.

Although Matthew has managed major commercial construction projects, his belief in the importance of more sustainable projects led him to launch Lefthand Masonry, a full-service masonry company with an unwavering commitment to sustainability. Lefthand Masonry builds masonry homes and successfully undertakes any type of custom masonry project utilizing brick, stone, concrete masonry units, tile and aerated concrete block. The company specializes in masonry heaters, wood fired bake ovens, and fireplaces.