Quick Glimpse 3: Training in Gracias

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After leaving Orlando’s shop in Santo Domingo de Guzman, we began our almost seven hour drive to Gracias, Lempira, Honduras. The next day, Monday, we began our two-day workshop at the Colosuca school. Twelve young men showed up for training, some traveling several hours to be there. The school had prepared a large work area for us, with two benches and a fresh concrete floor. The first round of training was showing operation of Kreg pocket-hole jig (above) which makes strong joints very quickly. Then I demonstrated a router table, which the carpenters used extensively to round over edges and duplicate parts as each built a Shaker wall shelf. The router table was a new concept for most, and opened up new possibilities for them. As mentioned in an earlier post, flipping through a magazine during breaks generated great excitement. As they looked over the designs for furniture, cabinets, and decorative items, you could just see the wheels turning as they began building the item in their heads.

On the second day, each carpenter completed building their shelves, utilizing a Tools for Opportunity-built table saw, as well as the Kreg jig and router table. Trying to power drills, routers and a table saw with only two outlets proved a challenge, but everyone managed to complete the project. At the end of the day, five newly trained carpenters signed contracts promising to provide 40 hours of community service, mentor another carpenter, and plant five trees over the next year to earn the tools given to them.

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Seven carpenters trained in previous years received their certificates of completion and full title to the tools they received earlier.

Next, on to a sawmill in Yamaranguila and how even the TFO instructors learn new things.

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