Thanks to Sawhorse Revolution (check them on FB as their blog is not up and running yet) through the Rubicon Foundation for making us their Fall 2012 high school youth project recipient! Sawhorse is working with a group of high school students to design and build a covered gathering space in our garden, to be done by the first part of December! City of Seattle Youth Arts grant
and the Loyal Bigelow and Jedediah Dewey Foundation are making this financially possible and Coyote Central is providing shop space for hands-on lessons and prefabrication of our structure.
A little more about who Sawhorse is and what they do:
Sawhorse Revolution is an afterschool carpentry program for Seattle high school students. The program focus is on carpentry and construction skills, key areas of manual intelligence that are increasingly rare in contemporary education. Sawhorse Revolution builds upon the sturdy foundation of three youth summer construction camps held at the Rubicon Foundation’s rural Smoke Farm. Our students work with professional builders and educators to complete permanent, large-scale construction projects. Whether a tree house, a fire lookout or an artistic workbench, all of our projects support the goal of creating epic, well-designed structures with Seattle youth to promote critical thinking, practical learning and teamwork.
Sawhorse Revolution is growing quickly after several years of programming. We are focusing more energy on Seattle proper to meet local needs, encourage students to have a positive impact on the communities, and become aware of the designed spaces in their daily lives. Each after school program is supplemented by two retreats to Rubicon Foundation’s Smoke Farm space on the Stillaguamish River. These farm weekends give counterpoint to the intensive city-based work and offer time to reflect with a small group of collaborators in a supportive natural environment.