Carpentry students showcase skills

Carpentry students had an opportunity to showcase their abilities in the Skills Canada Provincial Competitions.

Four carpentry students participated in the provincial competition. They were given about six hours to complete a miniature house. Volunteer judges would decide the winner.

The houses were required to be roughly four feet by seven feet. The houses included several design features that challenged the students, such as a roof with slopes on each side and an octagonal window.

“For me it’s a bit of fun. I’m primarily getting ready for my exams, so it’s also a bit of a refresher,” said fourth-year carpenter apprentice Kirstene Reyes, one of the four participants.

“I have a little bit of experience with residential and this is my second competition, so the experience really helps.”

The competition took place at the Carpenters Millwrights College in Paradise. Besides the carpentry competition, there was a millwright competition, as well as a competition in steamfitter/pipefitter and sprinkler systems installer in Mount Pearl, and the provincial competition in hairstyling in St. John’s.

The winner of the each event will be decided after the remaining competitions have concluded at the College of the North Atlantic – Prince Philip Drive campus.

At that time, the first-place holders for each competition will go to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the 21st annual national competition in Saskatoon, Sask., in May.

“I think everything is going fabulously. The level of skill is amazing,” said national board president John Oates.


Special to Telegram


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