Ventures into Carpentry

I have a new respect for carpenters. Honestly, I didn’t think it would be so difficult to cut a piece of wood correctly. Today at the St. Bernard Project we finished applying a second coat to all of the rooms by 11am. Since we were going to be at the house for the rest of the day we broke up into groups and either worked on base boarding or windows.

When the two people who worked for St. Bernard Project were demonstrating how to do these tasks it seemed really easy. But it turned out to be rather difficult. Measuring angles and distances was more challenging than I imagined. The worst part of it all was when you realized you made an irreparable mistake and had to start all over again—then consequently walking in shame back down the stairs with a long piece of wood that didn’t quite fit.

However, by the end of the day everyone seemed to have learned from many of their mistakes and everyone started to make real progress. In away that is a lot like the city of New Orleans. After Katrina the city of New Orleans was devastated and after nine years the city still hasn’t fully recovered. But in the last few years there has bee substantial progress and there is an increasing amount of liveliness in the city. People are learning that the lesser-known problems, like the lack of a central local hospital or the receding swamps, are often the most important issues. Working on the house was long, difficult, and tiring but in the end it was worth it.

Nate Kumar

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