Carrie Rasor is the education program manager at Rebuilding Exchange, a nonprofit that diverts materials from landfills into their retail warehouse and provides education and job training programs. Carrie has been refinishing furniture for 21 years and has several years of experience as an educator and academic advisor with both youth and adult learners.
Jim K. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Good instructor - very knowledgeable and helpful as were all the other helpers. Class was totally hands-on, even with the power tools, which was nice. Helpers were there at all times for those that needed help or guidance, so it was comfortable for all levels of experience. There was a good choice of weathered wood to choose from. A nice feature was that the back of each plank had been planed to show fresh wood, giving participants a choice of using either the weathered side, or the "new" side. Extra bits of wood were provided for those who wanted to add additional features to their birdhouse. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because there could have been a little more instruction and a better ratio of tools to participants. A sheet of basic instructions, including measurements of the birdhouses would have been helpful. I realize it's a lot of work to haul power tools and wood to an event, but 2 saws and 3 nail guns for 15 people meant for a lot of waiting around. All in all, We came home with birdhouses that we're quite happy with and would recommend the class to others, especially if they'd like a fully hands-on class and the chance to use power tools.