Woodworking Class Offers New Creative Hobby for Seniors

LAKELAND, Fla .– Residents pull out of the woods to do woodworking at an elderly community in Lakeland. The new hobby is run by residents for residents.

“I said, ‘Oh, that’s interesting,’ I need something new to do, to broaden my horizons,” said Phyllis Gabler.

Gabler is one of dozens of seniors to attend The Estates at Carpenters carpentry course, led by his colleague Chuck Nash.

“Woodworking has been something I’ve done as a hobby for 60 years,” Nash said. “One of the things I didn’t want to do was when I moved out of my single family home was give up my tools.

So Nash decided why not bring his tools with him, helping to create a brand new 1,200 square foot community woodworking shop.

“A lot of the residents here have very limited experience, so to introduce them to woodworking in general, we decided to take different courses,” Nash said.

The response has been overwhelming. The residents were anything but annoyed.

“I haven’t been doing this for that long, but I really like it and you can do a scroll saw project very easily, very quickly and have a nice result,” Gabler said.

She even made her grandson’s wedding present using her new favorite tool.

“I’m going to get emotional now, he absolutely loved it,” Gabler said, choking back tears.

The Estates at Carpenters said that whatever the project, just creating something from scratch can have a huge impact on a senior.

“Ultimately, the more active they are mentally, physically and spiritually, not only will they live long, but live well,” said Jeanie Tini, director of marketing and sales at The Estates at Carpenters.

For more information, visit www.estatesatcarpenters.com.

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