Help the community

Where hands-on skills are needed for community projects, BARN is eager to help.

Roger Lauen, founder of the Community Woodshop, works on the Ferncliff garden shed.

Roger Lauen, founder of the Community Woodshop, worked on the Ferncliff garden shed.

Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop, a BARN founder, has been leading the way on this since 2009. The woodworkers have built storage cabinets for the Bainbridge senior center, a wheelchair ramp for an elderly man who had become stranded in his own home, multiple-pane wood windows for the Yeomalt log cabin, a visitor kiosk at Waterfront Park, and dozens of birdhouses that another non-profit auctioned to raise money.

More recently, the woodworkers helped foreign exchange students build Little Free Libraries for their host families’ neighboroods, built a garden shed for the Ferncliff affordable housing neighborhood, helped repair the Land Trust’s Hiltop barn, and built 30 planters for Island Time Activities. That event ended on an especially sweet note when clients of the program brought brownies—still warm from the oven—to the woodworkers.

Man and kid screw hinges on door.

David Grant, the head of BARN’s woodworkers’ group, helps Yehya ElMasry, an exchange student from Egypt who attends Aviation High School in Seattle, assemble a little library for his host family’s neighborhood.

Yehya ElMasry from Egypt, a YES student. He is hosted in Seattle, and attends Aviation High School where he is on their award winning Robotics Team.


Man showing girls a wooden planter.

Dan Jacobs shows Jenny, Maggie and Hanna one of the planter boxes built for a fund-raiser for their program, Island Time Activities.