Steward Spotlight: Emma

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Meet Emma, our Steward of the month! She moved to Bend from the Willamette Valley for an AmeriCorps position to learn how to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Learn more about what she’s hoping to learn and why you should become a member of the Cave.

Why did you become a Steward?
Once I got a tour of the DIYcave from John Sweet, I knew I wanted to spend more time there and get more involved! I became a Steward because I wanted to expand my skill sets. I would take every class if I could! I also wanted to have an excuse to spend more time in the space in a way that I could afford.

What is your favorite part of being a Steward?
My favorite part about being a Steward is seeing what projects people are working on in the space. There is so much creativity and expertise; it’s great to see and learn from others who are always willing to share their knowledge.

What skills are you hoping to improve on while being a Steward?
While being a Steward, I’m hoping to become proficient in the use of all the tools and machines in the shop. I’d like to focus more time on woodworking techniques such as furniture building; as well as welding and working with different types of metals.

What is your favorite project you witnessed while spending time at DIYcave?
My favorite part is the diversity of projects, but one I’ve witnessed in particular is Peter’s multimedia Eagle that’s on display in the lobby as well as his chessboard table.

What advice would you give someone who wants to join DIYcave and start a project?
My advice to someone interested in starting a project is to jump in and start!! Even if you don’t have a clear vision or aren’t sure how to start the Stewards on duty are very knowledgeable and always happy to help. Plus once you start, you’ll never know how you will get inspired and what it can turn into.

Interested in becoming a DIYcave Steward? Drop us an email to learn more.


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