Recently, we partnered with Terry Clark at Bear’s Mill to complete our newest program called “Terry’s Timber Framing”. Since it was our introductory year for the workshop, we kept the class small and only had 12 people in the class, although we received about 15 other calls from people wanting to get into the class. This workshop was a great addition to our programming. We had youth as young as 5 years old and wise men in their 60’s and 70’s attending the workshop. Our workshops met on select Saturdays from 9am – 2pm. The first two session were at our facility, Chenoweth Trails, where we learned to make pegs, hue logs and make cuts on different logs. In our last session, we got a great tour of Bear’s Mill as well as Terry’s Timber frame home built by Terry himself. Terry’s degree from MSU really allowed him to give a great tour. After the tour, we enjoyed some lunch and got to work assembling our 20ft x 40ft timber frame. Throughout the program we met some amazing people who shared a passion for learning and a unique skill of building a home as it was done in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. There was laughter, hard work, smiles, a few grunts, discussions of geometry, and even a “planned and scheduled” repair of a critical log by Terry. Altogether, it was an amazing experience. The Light Foundation is very blessed to have a great man like Terry work with us on this program. 2nd workshop dates are currently being discussed so stay tuned!
"The Area IV Envirothon took place at Chenoweth Trails on Tuesday, April 26. The day could not have gone better! The staff at Chenoweth Trials was so amazing and were so excited to showcase their site to the hundreds of high school students we had attend. The site itself was so beautiful and many of us couldn't believe what a hidden gem Darke county has. We definitely hope to be back, whether for an Envirothon or some other event. I would highly recommend Chenoweth Trails for any school outing. "
- Gwen Roth, Education Specialist