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Locals 427 and 1306 Host Pinewood Derby Workshops

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
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Hand crafted rocking horses raise funds for cancer charities

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
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Folwell Elementary Builds

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
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Carpenters Locals 308 and 1260 show up in full force for flood relief

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. ‚ÄúThis is the most… Read More
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Local 1382 members engage the community with carpentry

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