Building a Good World: One Boy’s Journey
“I’ve always been interested in woodworking,” explained Ryan Willison earlier this year. The Miranda Junior High School student got the idea for making child-sized picnic tables in woodshop but began making them in the family garage.. “I make them to sell. One of my mom’s friends wanted me to make one for her. Then other people started asking me.” He charges between $100 and $200 depending on wood type and stain.
Just recently he took his first adult sized picnic table orders.
Willison has a goal. “I’m trying to save up for a truck when I turn 16. I’m thinking like a Toyota…like a Tundra.”
But he was willing to put off his goal to help his old school. Willison donated one of his picnic tables to Children’s House in Briceland. “The school is nice,” he explained.
UPDATE 10:19 a.m.: We just learned from Kenny Ingalls, Ryan’s woodshop teacher, that the 13-year-old won first place in his division at the Best of Humboldt Industrial Arts show at Redwood Acres last month!