Story submitted by Ann Small, Library Coordinator, Cornwall Campus
When SLC’s Cornwall campus library needed to replace their library carts, they did not have to look far. Ann Small, Library Coordinator, was so impressed with the projects that students in the General Construction Carpentry Techniques program were working on that she decided to ask them if they would build the three carts needed.
Tim Peters, Skilled Trades Technician, and Daniel Roy, Professor in the General Construction Carpentry Techniques program, both jumped on board immediately.
Ann brought them one of the old carts currently being used and a picture of what she was looking for and Daniel produced the drawings and plans required for the students to build.
Carpentry students Natalie Mercier, Riley Snelgrove, Aaron Francis, and Caitlyn Moriarty were the builders. They spent more than 12 hours building and finishing these beautiful carts, making sure that the pieces fit perfectly, ironing on the wood trim, and applying multiple coats of varnish. Tim Peters used a laser cutter to create the metal signage applied to the carts to promote the students' work.
“This is a nice finishing project for them to work on. They do not often have the opportunity or time to do this type of work. It has taught them how to cut angles, assemble pieces, and to finish furniture,” Dan said.
Ann is enormously proud of the work of our students and wants to make sure that it is recognized. “It is important for us to acknowledge and support their learning. Additionally, we were able to save money while ultimately getting a much better product. A win-win for all!”