US Marines are Woodworkers, too
I recently got an email from a Marine corporal based at Camp Pendleton in California. He wanted to get the word out about the great Arts and Crafts Hobby Shop on base. The hobby shop offers classes, among other things, in pottery, sewing and quilting, and of course woodworking. They have a large woodshop that has “most every single tool and machine…, from planers and sanders to lathes, routers, bandsaws, and even a laser-guided drill press”.
The corporal wanted people to see that “Marines do more with their time than go to Iraq and Afghanistan.” He’s seen the results of their labors in the shop including retirement and award plaques, turned bowls, baby cribs, shadow boxes and lots more. He has made a chessboard with all the pieces as well as numerous jewelry boxes.
This seems like a great deal for all the folks involved. But it made me wonder: Do all the bases have such a great program?