Woodworking skills being used to help others

Amanda Jess
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Cabana chairs built by NSCC students being donated to Heart and Home fundraiser

STELLARTON – Students from the NSCC Pictou Campus are putting their woodworking skills to use for the good of the community. 

Maggie Scott poses with a cabana chair that will be auctioned off during the Pictou County Roots for Youth’s Heart and Home fundraiser on April 4. The chairs have been built by students at NSCC’s Pictou Campus. 

Maggie Scott, coordinator for the local branch of the Student Ambassador Program, has been working with others in her cabinetmaking course to build two cabana chairs that they’ll auction off during Pictou County Roots for Youth’s Heart and Home fundraiser.

The program encourages volunteerism from students, and Scott had been looking for a way to get people to donate their skills.

“I thought we could use it in our classroom for the pilot,” she said.

Their teacher, Wayne MacDonald, suggested going for the cabana chair and provided a sample of one he had made in the past.

“It’s a good item with summer sometime coming,” Scott joked.

The Heart and Home fundraiser seemed like a perfect fit for Scott’s vision for the program, and it made sense with many of the student ambassadors already involved with Roots For Youth in some way.

She said a number of the female students already drop by Roots For Youth’s Girl Talk, a program allowing young women to speak with other women about topics such as self-esteem, relationships and pregnancy.

It also lines up with the end of the school year, allowing the students to be further along in their studies and skills.

“It’s easier to produce higher quality,” she said.

It gave them a chance to work with oak, as well as learn how to do doweling, round wooden pins used to fasten pieces together.

Over a number of weeks, they spent approximately eight hours on each chair, taking advantage of leftover lumber from other projects.

The only items purchased were bolts and fabric for the chair to ensure the canvas is durable for indoor and outdoor use.

“I wanted to use materials that are really going to last.”

She was putting the finishing touches on the chairs with three layers of varnish at the end of last week, and plans to deliver them to Roots For Youth today.

The Heart and Home fundraiser takes place on April 4 with a silent auction starting at 6 p.m. at North Nova Education Centre.



On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda 

Organizations: Roots, North Nova Education Centre

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