The Oneida High School Tiny House Project moves forward. As the framing of the tiny house goes up, the carpentry and civil engineering students work together as a team and apply the lessons from the classroom to a real world project. Meanwhile, the video students continue to document the process.
Utica College students and instructors in the fields of physical therapy. occupational therapy and construction management stopped by Bear Creek Tiny Houses to see how tiny houses could be fit in their fields of study.
The Tiny House Project at Oneida High School is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the school and will feature students, instructors and Bill Rockhill from Bear Creek Tiny Houses. The tiny house is under construction and will be on display that evening. For a look at what the students are up to, watch this story from WSYR Newschannel 9 in Syracuse.
Reporter Melissa Krull of Spectrum News (formerly Time Warner News) filed this report on the tiny house project at Oneida High School.
After a successful first meeting with Bear Creek Tiny House Big Stories, Bill Rockhill and the staff got to know each other while checking out the shop.
Bill Rockhill talks about his experience in learning the trade of carpentry, why we should teach all young people to work with their hands, and how he’s built over 200 tiny houses in an age of McMansions.
Bill Rockhill has been building tiny houses since 1993. It’s quite a departure from his start, working on big projects in Manhattan like Trump Park &Trump Plaza. Bill grew up in the Bronx working for his family’s towing business. Bill started his career in construction in 1979 when he was awarded an apprenticeship by the New York City District Council of Carpenters.
After working several years in New York City, he left in 1985 to spend 7 months on the road, traveling 25,000 miles. This was his first experience living in a tiny space and the great outdoors. When he returned to New York and his 39th Street apartment he soon realized he had fallen in love with life outside the city and relocated to the Adirondacks. In 1993 Bear Creek Carpentry was born.
When Bear Creek Tiny Houses made an appearance at Jay-K Lumber in New Hartford, New York on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, more than 1,200 people came out to visit Bill and take a tour of the tiny house. Local NBC affiliate WKTV News Channel 2 also sent a team out to get the story of the day in central New York.
Bill took a trip to Pennsylvania and Westminster College in New Wilmington. The college is launching a tiny house project and has asked Bill to speak to the community and help with the build. Here is the first segment of a three part video that features the students and faculty working with Bill.