Meet Aaron, our Steward of the Month! After living seven years in the Willamette Valley, he recently moved to Bend to be closer to the Cascades and the fantastic outdoor recreation opportunities here. Learn a little more about him below.
Tell us about yourself
Hiking and cross-country skiing are my primary pursuits. For work, I expose fragile, young minds to the “dismal science” of economics as an instructor at Central Oregon Community College.
Why did you become a Steward?
As a new Bendite, I was on the lookout for things to get involved in. Besides, I had a personal goal of becoming more “handy,” building skills and learning more about the ins and outs of getting projects done. Becoming a Steward DIYcave has been a great opportunity, allowing me to integrate into a community of very cool and creative folks and to play a small role in helping that community to thrive.
What is your favorite part of being a Steward?
My favorite aspect of being a Steward is interacting with everyone who comes in (members, class takers, the owners, and other Stewards) and hearing about their various projects and experiences. Also, I enjoy lending a hand to keep projects moving forward.
What skills are you hoping to improve on while being a Steward?
The list is long. In the near term, I want to learn how to make use of the GlowForge to etch designs on wood projects and to employ the lathe to make bowls. Longer term, I’d like to gain experience in metalworking.
What is your favorite project you witnessed while spending time at DIYcave?
I’ve been very intrigued by watching the progress of the big, multi-month projects like Michael and Megan’s renovation of the interior of their travel van.
What advice would you give someone who wants to join DIYcave and start a project?
For those who have been mulling over potential projects, dally no longer. Get into the Cave, take a class or two to get the ball rolling, speak to our in-house experts for any needed guidance, and anticipate some degree of some trial and error as part of the process of bringing your project to life.
Interested in becoming a DIYcave Steward? Drop us an email to learn more.