Nick has been building and improving things as far back as he can remember. One of his first gifts was a workbench and he’s been rooted in the trades since. Between his studies at UVM, Nick worked on several commercial and residential construction projects in central Vermont, which provided a solid foundation in conventional building practices. With this knowledge Nick explored his passion for natural building and permaculture; designing and building a rammed earth tiny house in Germany and returning to his Peace Corps country of service, Madagascar to complete a hyper-adobe permaculture training center. Back here in Vermont, Nick focuses on vocational education and mentorships with local schools, while developing his business Ihley Design. He spends his free time snowboarding, woodturning, gardening and exploring the forest.