Anne Fitzgerald is a fixture at the cave. Always smiling and willing to lend a hand. Learn more about her background and why she loves being a steward at DIYcave in her own words.
Well, I grew up on the eastern shore of Maryland surrounded by the ocean, Chesapeake Bay, antiques and old farm equipment. This is where my love of scrap metal and art started.
The West called me, however, and I’ve loved it ever since I moved out in the 70’s. I’ve spent the majority of my time in the Pacific NW with a ten-year stint in SE Alaska. I served an apprenticeship at an Alcoa aluminium smelter in WA state where I learned the finer points of cutting, welding and began to express myself and my art in metal. I grew this from a hobby into a little business with a very talented friend in Ketchikan where we became the Salvage Divas. I moved to Bend a year ago to be closer to my kids and happily stumbled across the DIYcave.
The cave has been a great place for me here. It has not only given me a much needed workable art and equipment space but a whole group of warm, generous, talented people. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be a steward. I love helping other people learn new skills, especially seeing the school kids discover how much fun making sparks and cutting and welding and creating things out of metal can be.
I guess my favorite skill would be feeling much comfortable using all the woodworking equipment. I didn’t know all the cool things a router could do until I took the class from Dave. He’s an awesome teacher and craftsman.
I really can’t say enough good things about the cave people! I love calling them that. I probably couldn’t afford to stay in Bend and continue my artwork if I wasn’t a steward at the cave! Thanks so much to everyone for this opportunity.