Ray and Laura Knapp
If you appreciate live music in the Rogue Valley, then you have probably seen Ray and Laura out dancing. They can be found most nights of the week wherever a good band is playing. Ray grew up building houses with his father, and maintained the family tradition by passing those skills on to his sons, Brandon and Dustin. He established Sunwood Corporation in Walla Walla, WA, before taking early retirement to Northern California in the late seventies. He occupied his time by building a kit airplane and traveling to Mexico. After a few years, he felt the urge to be ‘back in the biz’. Ray moved his family to Southern Oregon and began building custom high end homes. Laura grew up in Wisconsin working in the family restaurant. Her creative talents eventually landed her a job building props for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Ashland. After meeting Ray, the next logical career step was to combine talents. Laura excels at helping customers find the right finishes, fitting their budget and desires.
Dustin is all about the details. At the age of fifteen he became one of the youngest professional whitewater kayakers in the world. His list of ‘firsts’ is long and detailed. While competing and travelling, he also perfected his skills as a videographer. This culminated into being chosen by Outside Magazine to partake in an expedition in Tibet, to paddle and film the first descent of the Tsangpo River. “The Everest of Rivers” was a success and turned into an hour-long documentary on NBC. Eventually, Dustin landed back in Southern Oregon, and back to the family business. Dustin has been the chief project manager, and heads the quality control department. Recently, he married his sweetheart, Eva.