About Us

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

OFFICERS:

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
  • Park Sprag

  • 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

Curriculum:

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).