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Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse

Schedule and Location

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thornhill Shelter

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$64.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Make an attractive, one-of-a-kind bird house using mid-century lumber reclaimed from Chicago buildings. In this hands-on workshop, you will:

  • Learn how materials are reclaimed from demolition sites and the positive impact that sustainable demolition has on our resources and environment.
  • Understand which species of woods are best for woodworking, and learn basic woodworking terms and techniques.
  • Under the guidance of a skilled instructor, you’ll measure and cut wood to size and assemble the pieces to create a one-of-a-kind birdhouse that will accommodate local bird species such as house wrens, downy woodpeckers, and white-breasted nuthatches.
  • This workshop is held in partnership with Chicago’s Rebuilding Exchange, a nonprofit that diverts materials from landfills and makes them accessible for reuse. Learn more at www.rebuildingexchange.org.  Bring a little piece of historic Chicago home, and give new life to old materials. A perfect gift for Father’s Day!

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Carrie Rasor, education manager, Rebuilding Exchange

Carrie Rasor is the education program manager at Rebuilding Exchange, a nonprofit that diverts materials from landfills into their retail warehouse and provides education and job training programs. Carrie has been refinishing furniture for 21 years and has several years of experience as an educator and academic advisor with both youth and adult learners.

Course Details

Notes: Held outdoors. Be prepared to use power tools (safety equipment and support will be provided). Limit 15

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