Valentine's hard core practical skills as a carpenters assistant enabled him to work on his own and assist Jack with installing their first window together. "I asked Valentine if he felt comfortable building a bike shed alone. He assembled materials and tools. Then made a concise plan and elevation of the shelter." He sank the posts in foundation that he poured. The next day he framed the shelter. He weatherproofed the panels and assembled the shelter before he left. All that within three days time. "He talked a lot about when he helped his dad build a cabin in Switzerland. It was clear he gained a lot of experience during that time."
After his brief stay of 5 days, Valentine travelled around the island and volunteered for the SEEDS organization. He returned for a few more days, his lasts days in Iceland. During this time he built frames for canvasses, stretched the linen and primed the canvasses with gesso. He also prepared the studio walls for painting directly on the surface as well as to display the works, by screwing a series of bolts at regular distances. "Valentine is a hard worker, he's focused and capable. He was really stoked about preparing canvasses in particular, as art is his major at school. When he arrived I was very busy painting for an upcoming exhibition and I was relieved to have an assistant. It's been less then a week and all but one canvas has been used. The last canvass is too large and won't fit though the door opening. That was my fault. Because it's such a perfectly prepared canvass I have no choice but to remove the threshold of the door opening in order to fit the canvass through. "