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FURNITURE & CABINETMAKING

The skills employed in canoe making and carpentry derive from the same basic woodworking skills taught in all WAM programs. These basic skills are further developed and specialized to include the manufacture of furniture and cabinets and a wide range of other products, including many traditional craft items, the construction of which both reinforces traditional skills and communicates Marshallese culture and craft to visitors to the islands. Additionally, the making of both furniture and tourist artifacts offers potential livelihood alternatives for our graduates. We’ve developed a benchmarked curriculum for this training area and hope to develop trainer manuals and trainee workbooks in the near future. We see this as a very viable training area as there is a huge import market of furniture and cabinets into the Marshall Islands every year. WAM has developed a strategy to harvest senile coconut trees to use as some of the materials for building. We plan to begin this training when our new woodworking shop is completed.