Interior Systems Local 68 member Jim Nordin has worked for Olympic Companies for more than 31 years. After 41 years as a Union carpenter, retirement drew closer for Jim, and he began to think of new and meaningful ways to spend his time. One idea that appealed to him in… Read More
Apprentices volunteer at the African American Museum of Iowa
Instructors with the Five Rivers Carpenters JACTC were approached by the African American Museum of Iowa, located in Cedar Rapids, IA, to help prepare an area of the museum for a new exhibit. The museum needed a number of display boxes… Read More
Building the next generation of union carpenters
Walter Hofner, retired Local 1382 carpenter from Rochester, Minn., lives by a simple philosophy: Help everyone you can.
“That’s part of your job when you’re running jobs — to help. Not just to tell people I want this done or that done,” Walter… Read More
Making a difference at Maker Faire
Members of NCSRCC came together the first weekend of June not only to build coffee tables for families in need, but also to give kids real-life experience creating something with their hands.
The Carpenters Union participated in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire at… 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
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
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
Carpenter apprentices donated more than 200 hours of their time to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Cambridge, Minn. Apprentices installed roof trusses, soffits, placed plywood on the roof and exterior walls, and applied water proofing on the roof. The recipient of the home is a single mother… Read More
Women carpenters with the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters welcomed 100 Girl Scouts into the Twin Cities Carpenters Training Center in Saint Paul, Minn. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, for a three-hour carpentry workshop. The scouts, in grades 6-8, learned about carpentry trades, built their own projects and… Read More