Let me start by saying that in the beginning I did a lot carpentry classes and demos (pop-ups) in and around Raleigh.  I would bring various tools, different types of PPE, etc. to teach kids and their parents something carpentry related.  As always it was safety first.  I started out at relatively small places such as Pelagic Beer and Wine and Lilly's Pizza.  How do you hammer?  What's the difference between a drill and an impact?  What does a drills clutch do?  How do you saw wood the right way?   How do you use a hand screw clamp?  What's a crescent wrench?  How are wrenches different than pliers?  They were a lot of fun! 


Pretty soon the businesses got bigger, and included places such as Marbles Kids Museum, Kidzu Children's Museum, the Midtown Farmers Market at North Hills, and various events held at Dorothea Dix Park such as Touch-a-Truck.

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Built! at Kidzu Childrens Museum
Built! at Kidzu Childrens Museum

As a husband and father of three I quickly realized that I needed to scale back on when I could offer these camps with the obvious choice being June - August only.


Lately, I have been running a carpentry camp at Woods Charter School in Chapel Hill, NC during August as part of their "Woods Summer Wonders" camp.

If you're a camp director and are looking to add a carpentry class to your summer program please let me know!  I'd love to share my passion with your community.