Have Hammer…Will Travel
is a Mexican charity association located in Riberas del Pilar, along the north shore of Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.
The mission of HHWT is to provide learning and social experiences within a safe, supportive environment so that our students acquire:
- basic woodworking skills for exploration of career pathways (Level I; ages 10-14)
- intermediate woodworking skills for entry level employment (Level II; ages 15+)
- advanced woodworking skills for professional employment, incl. co-ops (Level III ages 21+) in development
- skills to maintain a well equipped woodworking shop in order to enhance the economic potential of families in the Lake Chapala communities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Mike Quimet
Vice President Bill Wilson
Treasurer, Officer of Philanthropy and Major Gifts H. Wayne Renz
(AKA Head Honcho for gifts of love and passion for the Kids)
Secretary Terri Hensley
Solar Advisor Opiere Solar, Nyah Walters
Bingolago Volunteers Linda Ball, Linda Taft, Mike Taft, Maureen Renz, Jen Noyes
MEMBERS AT LARGE:
- Miguel Alvarez
- Linda Ball
- Richard Bansbach
- Keith Crockett
- Richard Thompson
- Cindy Thompson
- Tom Banet
- Bill Parke
Current Instructors are:
Maestro Eduardo (“Lalo”) Robledo (HHWT`s only employee) with all students.
Richard Bansback, Richard Thompson, and Mike Quimet with Level I students
Eloy Gonzalez with Level II students
Currently divided into Level I and Level II. Level III is in the planning stage.
LEVEL I PROGRAM-INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING
provides basic career awareness and exploration through hands-on experiences focused on the safe and basic use of hand tools and on interpersonal skills needed to work with others.
LEVEL II PROGRAM-BEGINNING WOODWORKING
provides the experiences required to develop the skills and dispositions necessary to enter the field of woodworking at a semi-skilled level.
LEVEL III PROGRAM-INTERMEDIATE WOODWORKING
will provide the experience required to develop the skills and dispositions necessary to enter the business of woodworking at a skilled level.
(A more detailed breakdown of the curriculum is available upon request).