Girl Scouts honor late grandmother with woodworking project
October 29, 2021 | 11:01 am CDT
Girl Scouts make benches, planters

Girl Scouts Julia Cardi, Reagan Treharne, Ashleigh Doering and Jordyn Kollen from Troop #731 earned their Silver Awards when they presented a set of handcrafted mahogany benches and cedar planter boxes to the members of Peconic Landing retirement community in Greenport, N.Y. (Courtesy Peconic Landing.)

GREENPORT, NY — Four Girl Scouts earned their Silver Awards with a woodworking project conceived and created in memory of the late great-grandmother of one of the teens and accomplished with help from a local woodworking shop.

Julia Cardi, Reagan Treharne, Ashleigh Doering, and Jordyn Kollen from Troop #731 in Southold presented the handmade mahogany benches and cedar planter boxes to the members of Peconic Landing retirement community.

The Girl Scouts, all freshmen at Southold High School, each contributed 50 hours of time to the project as part of their effort to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second-highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn. According to the Girl Scouts' website, the Silver Award involves exploring the local community's needs and choosing a project to create positive change and apply new skills, Peconic Landing said in a release.

North Fork Woodworks donated time and materials to help with the project; the girls utilized woodworking skills and math skills and learned how to to operate miter saws, nail guns, and other tools in the process of making the benches. Additional assistance and resources were provided by troop leader Amy Doering, project advisor Lauren Kollen, DJK Heating and Cooling, Southold Agway, and Andy's Restaurant, Peconic Landing said.

North Fork Woodworks donated time and materials to help with the project; the girls learned woodworking skills such as how to to operate miter saws, nail guns, and other tools in the process of making the benches. Additional assistance and resources were provided by troop leader Amy Doering, project advisor Lauren Kollen, DJK Heating and Cooling, Southold Agway, and Andy's Restaurant, Peconic Landing said.

The benches and planter boxes were built in loving memory of Eleanor "Ellie" Skwara, great-grandmother to Jordyn. The completion of the project came exactly one year after Skwara passed away in October of 2020 after living at Peconic Landing for more than 12 years, Peconic Landing said.

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William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editor of FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.