In today's technology obsessed world, the value of skills needed to build something with one's hands are often overlooked. The craft of woodworking disappears in the shadow of website design, plumbing is trumped by systems analytics and no one seems interested in learning how to cut and glue a cabinet.
Instead everyone is fascinated by cutting and pasting photos to the internet. And while either technology or a trade can lead to a successful career, the trades are often a forgotten option when young people are planning on their future. The trades also escape the view of many who will shape those futures. It is rather ironic that one of the hottest trends on the internet, and in the public spotlight, is a fascination with tiny houses. To build a tiny house requires multiple trade and technical skills.
Under the guidance of Bill Rockhill, the students and staff will learn all the facets of construction. A documentary of the process will capture the experience for others to share for years to come.
From plumbing, to drawing up plans with a CAD program to shingling, students use classroom skills to design and build a tiny house. With the skills acquired in this program, some of these students will choose a career in the trades where they can apply what they have learned here, others will seek other paths in their future endeavors. In either case, the skills learned in this project will be applied to everyday life-leading some to build their very own tiny house.
Westminster College Part 2 Revised from Rick E. Lewis on Vimeo.
As a learning experience for the Westminster College Tiny House Project, Bill Rockhill was invited to the Pennsylvania campus to speak. Students and members of the community were given insight into building a tiny house in a filled to capacity lecture hall.