Through paid training and knowledge-sharing, members of the growing collective help each other learn hands-on while improving St. Louis' historic built environment with upcycled / sustainably-sourced materials when possible. Teachers take on contracted workers or formal Citizen Carpentry Apprentices, and after safety training, they get to work around the city (see some of our projects in the gallery). Apprentices graduate and can continue work within the collective as well as take on their own clients. Previous barriers to employment, such as inexperience or the need for more a flexible schedule, no longer apply.
We believe that this kind ofinvolved, personal, paid vocational training creates channels for sharing knowledge, growing confidence, deepening independence, and creating real relationships in our city.
We are preparing our apprenticeship program for the spring. Watch this space for opportunities to apply.
WHO WE ARE
Emanuel Taranu and Marcis Curtis are the creatives and makers who co-founded Citizen Carpentry in Spring of 2015. They built out a small studio space themselves at 2222 Jefferson and worked as contractors piloting the Citizen Carpentry model for over a year. It was extensive community work and relationship-building prior to launching their pilot that enabled their success, and they are eternally grateful for their network of friends and collaborators in St. Louis.
Kendra Mahr joined them that October in 2015, after being referred through St. Louis' timebank, Cowry Collective. She became the first Apprentice during the pilot and helped pioneer the paid training component of the business. After graduating in summer of 2016, Kendra has begun taking on her own clients and is working on her own designs.
Deondre Boykin came on as their second apprentice in July 2016, creating an even more dynamic group for Citizen Carpentry's projects and helping them expand their paid training program. He's taking on skills quickly and his teachers are rushing to keep up with him.