In mid-April, 14 Girl Scouts from Troop 8551 worked towards their Journey Badge at the Southeast Wisconsin Carpentry Training Center in Pewaukee, Wis. The Scouts worked in groups building three bat boxes. Bat boxes provide bats a safe, warm place to raise their young, and the Scouts plan to donate… Read More
Tiny homes are finally being put into place in Racine, Wis. Members of Carpenters Local 161 in Kenosha, Wis., have partnered with Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin throughout the last year to help build the James A. Peterson Veterans village, a community that provides transitional housing for veterans, in Racine. On… Read More
Carpenters Locals 427 and 1306 members and volunteers spent two days in January assisting Boy Scouts and their siblings crafting Pinewood Derby cars from conception through testing. Six stations were set up for each Scout to work through: planning, cutting, shaping, weights, paint, and wheels.
The process took two hours… Read More
Walter Hofner, retired carpenter from Local 1382 in Rochester, Minn., has spent approximately 3,000 hours crafting custom rocking horses. The horses, made from a variety of Rock Elm, Red Elm and Walnut, take 300 hours each to make and are pieced together from one board and then chiseled to perfection.… Read More
Apprentices put their skills to good use during finals week to help those in need. 13 carpenter apprentices from Carpenters Local 314 in Madison, Wis. spent two days on interior work, placing floor beams and raising garage walls for a Habitat for Humanity home in Baraboo, Wis.
Instructor Curtis Jackson… Read More
Scouts from Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines took over the Hermantown, Minn., training center on November 16, 2016. 34 girls attended the build, hosted by the Local 361 Apprenticeship Committee. During the workshop, the girls learned from Local 361 members, building a step stool and talking… Read More
Folwell Elementary Builds
On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 390 students in grades K-5 at Folwell Elementary School in Rochester, MN, participated in the largest Kids Build carpentry workshop event to date! With support from local contractors the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters was able to provide all of… Read More
2016 Boy Scouts Mid-American Council Jubilee
Guinness World Record Breaking Pinewood Derby Track
On Saturday, October 15, 20,000 Boy Scouts from the Mid-American Council gathered at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in Nebraska for its 2016 Jubilee. The Jubilee spanned the weekend and featured many events such as concerts, tree… Read More
Floods in Cedar Rapids, IA, are forcing hundreds of local businesses and homeowners to evacuate the city. Flooding is expected to crest at 23 feet Tuesday, September 27. A 2008 flood that crested at 31 feet caught the town completely unprepared and cost billions in repairs.
“This is the most… Read More
At Days of Yesteryear in Rochester, MN, you can step back in time. Activities at the annual gathering included butter churning, blacksmithing demonstrations, threshing of oats, and antique tractor pulls. At this year’s event, members of Carpenters Local 1382 set up stations for kids to pound nails, use a block… Read More