Amy Twibell: Carpentry Student
Amy Twibell loved working with her dad when she was younger, building projects. Desks, especially. She loved the smell of sawdust in the air, and being able to see what she was building come to life in front of her. It was that love of hands-on creation that led her to pursue a career in carpentry, and it was recommendations from her carpentry teacher and friends that said that “this is the best school for construction programs in the Western United States” that led her to enroll at GHC.
Amy says that working with her class here at GHC makes every single day amazing. “We all help each other out,” she says, “and sometimes crack jokes. Everyone will burst out laughing. It’s a loose, friendly environment.” After being the only girl in her carpentry class in high school, starting classes at GHC were “completely nerve-wracking,” but now, she is sad that she’s going to be graduating soon.
Amy has learned a lot here. Some of them, like how to put up drywall (not a fan) and siding (this, she loves) were expected, but others were a surprise. “One thing that has been challenging for myself is that when I take tests I panic,” she says, “but I’m getting over that. I’m a lot more confident, now. My teachers taught me to read the whole test through, and then take it one question at a time. You should know the answers to these because you should have studied.”
The learning has always been very fast-paced, which is something Amy appreciates, too. “GHC gives you a lot of information and you end up learning a lot here,” she says. “You’ve definitely really got to study, let’s just say that.”
She loves the teachers here, too. Especially Kelly, Dave, and Adam. “They’re very nice If you ever need help, they’ll be there to help you.” Even when she has made mistakes, like when she stepped in white paint and accidentally peppered the classroom with permanent footprints, they just shook their heads. “They’re still there, too,” she says.
Amy’s favorite project at GHC has been when she worked on the canoe house, a community project at Camp Bishop in partnership with the Grays Harbor YMCA. She worked on the roof and siding, and remarks about learning how to do the math for creating the curved siding in the workshop. “We curved them in the shop ourselves,” she said. “Math is a part of carpentry. You definitely learn how to do math here.”
In 10 years, Amy sees herself definitely building huge houses like the ones in Sun Valley, as part of a team. She wants expansive yards and rooms where you can’t look directly into your neighbor’s windows. “I can’t see myself doing anything else. That’s my dream job,” she says. She’s already well on her way there.