Comma-Q Project Designer Heidi Rogers traveled to White Sulphur Springs earlier this month to lead Carpentry 101, a program designed to empower and teach women of all skill levels the basic understanding, maintenance and operation of hand and power tools. Organized by the Red Ants Pants Foundation, this annual weekend retreat is an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of maintaining traditional work skills. It also provides an occasion for people with different perspectives to connect, build bridges, and discover common ground.
For the past five years Heidi has temporarily abandoned her architectural hat and slips on her well-loved tool belt to share her practical carpentry skills. Safety is the focus of the weekend, making sure all participants feel comfortable and empowered to learn and practice at their own pace. Whether it is for a career choice or home ownership, knowing how to work with wood and use the related hand and power tools is a valuable skill. Heidi was inspired during her studies of architecture to combine conceptual theory of designing buildings with the tactile reality of creating them. The world of carpentry has brought beauty and self-reliance to Heidi’s life and she always looks forward to sharing that world with other women.