The Milwaukee Craft Guild is all about giving back--providing free craft mentorship and helping to build community. Shown below are a series of projects where MCG faculty and mentees have provided free services to community projects. If you have a project you would like us to consider, please contact us.
Blanket Chest ReHab Project
Two woodworking mentees helped rehab an old blanket chest. Many glue joints had failed and two pieces needed replacement due to warping. The chest was taken apart, new parts fashioned, re-glued, sanded and a new finish added. The chest was donated to the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Library Play Space
Shorewood Library needed a play-space built for their children's area--an "indoor backyard". MCG woodworkers Janet Slater, Robert Smith, David Cobb and David Weissman took up the challenge and constructed a solid 6x4 foot play space using the library staff's design wishes.
Janet Slater and Mary Lou Lamonda completed a "Little Library" with a twist--they added a green roof on top. The library was donated to the new garden at All Peoples Church in Milwaukee. Go check out this work of art at 2nd and Clarke!
MCG mentee Don Neiderfrank helped build a "Buddy Bench" requested by Shorewood Elementary School. Art teachers did the painting.
Rosie Bredeck of Shorewood started the first "Boomerang Bag" program in Wisconsin--returnable cloth bags. The Shorewood library asked MCG to make a stand to hold bags next to the checkout counter. David Cobb made this beautiful stand from hard maple.
Butterfly Display Cabinet
The Shorewood Library wanted a new display cabinet for butterfly habitats. Jackie and David built this from maple-faced plywood and maple hardwood for the sides. The cabinet has four adjustable shelves and the sides can be used to hang display containers. The cabinet has locking casters for maximal mobility.