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Forum topic by skone posted 09-30-2010 12:01 AM 1871 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2010 12:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: vermont vt chittenden burlington champlain carpentry jobs assistant junior apprentice help employment search

Greetings, everybody. ‘therookie’ recently posted in the forum regarding his interest beginning to sell his products and/or services. I’m in a similar situation: wondering how to get started. I want an apprenticeship in wood. I want to work for / work under someone I can learn from. I’m open to any niches – from framing to finish to furniture to cabinetry. Yeah, I know, look for jobs on craigslist, contact area builders, studios, etc. You’re right and I am in fact doing that. I guess I’m curious to hear from Lumberjocks in Vermont specifically—your specialty, how you broke in, how you’re doing, are you union (I presently know nothing about unions), what organizations have helped you connect with employers or clients here in Vermont, and how about wood school? We have Shelburne, Yestermorrow, Vermont Woodworking School—but man, are they expensive!!!! (For me, anyway.) I’m looking for a little Vermonter guidance, I guess. Nothing’s too junior, really. No ego in this! Thanks everyone.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 12:37 AM

I’m assuming that you meant to say “expensive”. They are expensive for a reason. I think that’s already clear and I agree with you. However, a good reason does not make money appear in my pocket. I’m using a borrowed router because I can’t afford to buy one, for example. Point being, and let me re-phrase: Although I would love to attend, I cannot afford the area wood schools. Suggestions?

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 03:05 AM

is there a local high school with a woodshop class? perhaps you could talk to the teacher for some local guidance.

Here’s something I found online that might help…
it contains 60 different woodworkers in VT.

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 04:14 PM

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