|Forum topic by mcg1990||posted 04-09-2015 02:33 AM||922 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
04-09-2015 02:33 AM
Back story – My Wife’s a teacher, we live in Tennessee, I’m English and have only been here for 2 years and woodworking for 6 months. I got into it as a hobby while my immigration paperwork was being handled and I wasn’t able to work, and people liked what I made (rustic stuff) so now I do it full time. I’m far from a fine woodworker though – I just charge a reasonable price and will give anything a try.
So, making all that somewhat relevant to the title, I’ve been asked to show up and have a table at my Wife’s school’s career day.
I’m hesitant, and excited.
Hesitant because I am NOT a carpenter – I’m just a normal bloke trying to learn and bring in some money, in the hopes that I could honestly call myself a woodworker soon, and a carpenter later. I don’t have any fine jewellery boxes or turned pieces or anything I can put on a desk and wow kids with. I’ve built some tables and beds and random other things, but nothing that speaks “SKILL!”, especially to a child.
However, I’m living amongst a severely struggling community. The school has something like 85% kids in poverty, and I feel that the school simply needs something, anything, to get these kids to feel excited about their future. Perhaps the fact that I’m a normal person just trying to learn is a good thing. They certainly won’t look at me and think “this is unattainable, I won’t even bother trying to do what he has done!” Also, they’ll get a huge kick out of my accent, so even if I don’t have any awe-inspiring work to show them I know for sure I’ll have their full, undivided attention.
I think I do have something meaningful I could bring to the table (even if it isn’t a pretty box), but how do I approach this? I need to take what I’m doing/trying to do, and frame it in a way that’s relevant to middle schoolers who, overwhelmingly, are deprived of opportunity and support.
I can say “I’m no different than you. I’m no Einstein. People told me I had a skill, so I’m trying to build on that. What’s your skill? What do your friends tell you that you’re good at?” but what else?
Has anyone done one of these? I really need some feedback, please. I want to jump on this opportunity to perhaps make a little impact, but don’t want to waste it or screw it up.