Former millwork apprentice Malcolm Harding stopped by the PRC last week to say hello. We were very excited to hear that he is still working very hard at his craft and has set up a millshop at his house. He has been fortunate enough to be able to teach some of the skills he attained in the Prince’s Rebuilding Communities Programme with his friends and neighbors. We wish the best for Malcolm and hope to see him again in the near future!
Sidney Trepagnier – Sidney joined the Prince’s Rebuilding Communities Program as an iron work apprentice. He enjoys working with his hands and sees this program as an opportunity to do something different and find success in life.
Chad Simpson – After graduating from Pratt in 2006 with a degree in Fine Art, Chad worked in Rochester, NY making jewelry and furniture. He came to the Gulf Coast this summer to help with the cleanup effort after the oil spill and felt inspired by the beauty produced by local artists and craftsman. He joins the program as a mill work apprentice.
Christine Simpkin – Christine considers herself a very ‘hands-on’ person and hopes to become very familiar with historic building processes. She is also very excited to learn about the different styles of architecture found throughout New Orleans.
Ishmael Raoof – Ishmael is interested in all types of architecture and believes that it is very important to preserve original details in historic homes. As a rough carpentry apprentice, he looks forward to increasing his skills and learning more about other crafts.
Stevelend Nelson – Steveland has experience working with wood, metals and stones. He recognizes the integrity of the craftsmanship in historic structures and believes that studying this is important in order to ensure that our buildings can withstand the test of time.
Elliot Pellebon – Elliot grew up in Holy Cross, blocks away from many of the work-built sites included in the Prince’s Rebuilding Communities Program. He is inspired by his father, who worked hard to rebuild their family home after Katrina and is eager to part of the rebuilding effort in New Orleans.
Henry Pittman – Henry is entering the program as a masonry apprentice. He hopes to learn more about both his city and his craft. He loves working as a brick mason and looks forward to giving back to his city with knowledge gained in the program.
Zina Mitchell – Zina has always wanted to be in the construction industry. She feels that preserving our building traditions is important because it helps us learn for the future. She has 13 grandchildren and hopes to be able to teach them more about the history of New Orleans through its architecture and culture.
Vincent Mark – Vincent studied at Wayne State University and Wayne County Community College before joining the Louisiana Carpenter’s Union. After completing the Prince’s Rebuilding Communities Program, he hopes to one day start his own business.