Elyse Chiu had a unique path into the drywall trade, to say the least: Elyse was a paramedic in Toronto for 14 years before she ever picked up a taping knife. Her interest in drywall finishing began around seven years ago, while still working in paramedicine, when she and her wife bought a home to renovate and rent out. Before this, she says, she had little awareness of how much skill it takes to finish drywall.
“We had a room in our basement that was being drywalled and finished for us by someone else and that we had hired, but we were trying these other little things,” Elyse told us. “We had this guy come in, and we were having a hard time trying to get the drywall to look nice and be smooth and finished. We asked him just to come up and help give us some tips. I stood there and I watched and I was just like, in awe of him. He was a master at his craft. He'd take the trowel and it was done, and I was like, ‘Oh my God. I've spent five hours trying to make it look flat like you did in two seconds.’ That's when I really discovered that drywall taping was an art.”