Friday, July 28, 2017

TOP STORY >> Hammering out tedium, touching up memories

By Airman Rhett Isbell
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Airmen and their families can take part in the Hammer and Brush class available at the skills center on base and become more experienced with woodworking in a hands-on setting.

The class is divided into four sessions consisting of making signs, artfully displaying family memories, crafting clocks and revamping old materials with the intention of encouraging their students to be creative. 

“Every class is different because I put an emphasis on individual creativity,” said Hilary Shambaugh, 19th Force Support Squadron skills center director. “I set these classes up to give my customers creative freedom.”

Team Little Rock members are offered the chance to socialize and enjoy new experiences, as well as repurpose materials, such as old library shelves, picture frames or cabinet doors to create something new and meaningful.

“We are normally able to give advice and help anyone create a product they can take pride in,” said Ed Eick, 19th FSS wood and frame shop worker. “The idea is to give students the mental tools to be able to successfully create their own projects outside of class.”

The Hammer and Brush class allows participants to de-stress by giving them something to occupy their mind and feel a sense of accomplishment from having physically made something.

“We have a wide range of people come in for classes, regularly having whole families attend,” Shambaugh said. “One of the core values of the skills center is to teach members on base skills they can use for the rest of their life.”

For more information or to sign up for a class, call 501-987-6504.

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