Richard Panetta has been an avid builder who has long been fascinated with small spaces and efficiency. The Utica College professor meets with Bill to discuss building a small village of tiny houses to accommodate students and workers who move to the area for jobs that lasts only a few years.
Several students and their instructors from Harrisville Central School District arrived at Bear Creek Tiny Houses to learn more about them for a class field trip. At the time of the visit, no one would know that in the next few months these 9 students and the two instructors would undertake the building of a tiny house as part of the school’s science, technology, arts and math (STEAM) program.
It’s difficult to imagine that Bill began his career building high rise buildings in Manhattan. It’s been an incredible journey and story that brings him to the wilderness of the Adirondacks in upstate New York building tiny houses. His commitment to passing along the craft is one of the main proponents that has made him successful building tiny houses and teaching apprentices and students.
His commitment to passing along the craft and being part of the community are two of the characteristics of his fiery personality that makes everyone he meets a new family member.
As the namesake of father Bill, Billy has dedicated his life’s efforts learning the family trade. His dedication toward building tiny houses is unquestionable. His experience in the field uniquely qualifies him to pass the knowledge to the students.
After visiting Bear Creek Tiny Houses for a seminar, Tricia requested an apprenticeship. Over the past year and a half she has mastered many of the skills needed to build a tiny house or any other structure.She is an inspiration to others who have the desire to learn a craft by getting their hands dirty and working hard. Her ultimate goal is to build her own tiny house.
After winning several awards for documentaries about music and the arts, Rick aims his camera at the educational process. Many people have seen reality show portrayals of tiny houses. However, each Bear Creek Tiny Houses : Big Stories documentary captures an unfolding tale not often seen in the reality television approach to story telling. They are stories of personal growth and teamwork.