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Furniture making in West Africa11/16
My charity, Village Hope, is looking for an experienced furniture maker to advise us on starting a wood working shop in a remote part of Sierra Leone, West Africa.
The work will include helping us identify products we can reasonably produce and selecting the needed tools, The individual, or perhaps a different person, will then come to SL for 6-8 weeks to train an existing group of local carpenters so that they can continue production on their own (but under our supervision). All expenses plus a small honorarium will be paid for the person traveling.
We have lots of information about the nascent business and the situation here (I have worked in SL for 9 years).
I'm posting this note in several places so I would appreciate hearing back via email.
You can also look at our website www.villagehopeinc.org though it is a bit out of date.
Jon Bart, PhD
I am a furniture designer and presently teaching prisoners, wood working in the central prison,Hyderabad, which is in India.
You are providing lasting luxury outdoor furniture for everyone and also care one's health.
Woodworking needs expertise and experience if you intend to produce quality products. Furthermore, you need this person to teach other amateur woodworkers so you have to really choose wisely. Whether it is that table top or just another furniture, quality is key and the teacher needs to really be thorough in delicate details.