The carpentry shop at Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) just received a facelift, thanks to a recent donation by the Edmonton campus of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
Josh Kostanuick, PWA’s Career and Technology Studies (CTS) teacher and Titans football head coach, said he secured the donation quite by accident during a telephone conversation with Paul Roberts, chair of NAIT’s Advanced Woodworking and Building Trades programs. Mr. Kostanuick, a graduate of NAIT’s Millwork and Carpentry program, was lamenting the condition of PWA’s shop tables when Mr. Roberts made the surprise offer.
“He mentioned that NAIT had just upgraded their table tops and clamps, and said if I would make the drive, they were ours,” said Mr. Kostanuick. “So, I hitched my trailer to my truck and drove down to Edmonton during a weekend last September to pick them up.”
Mr. Kostanuick then offered the table top refurbishing idea as a main project option to five carpentry students – Grade 10 students Taylor Dobransky, Dylan MacNevin and Austin Weller, and Grade 11 students Tristan Quintal and Brian Bohler.
“The students were excited to create something that would remain here at PWA for years to come. The four table tops are solid fir and would cost between five and six thousand dollars each to purchase new. We were able to sand them, apply a mirror-like finish of epoxy, and build and paint new bases for about a thousand dollars apiece. When we compare our newly-refurbished tables to the small, rickety ones we were used to working on, it’s easy to see why our students are so proud of what they have accomplished. Also, to look at these tables and realize that they represent more than 50 years of NAIT trades history, and have now become part of PWA’s history, makes this project even more meaningful,” adds Mr. Kostanuick.
Two of the four tables have been completed, and a third is sanded and ready for the epoxy coating.
Photo Caption: Josh Kostanuick (center), CTS teacher and head coach of the Titans football team at Peace Wapiti Academy, poses proudly with Grade 10 students Dylan MacNevin (l) and Taylor Dobransky (r) behind one of the newly-refurbished shop tables. The four table tops, a donation from NAIT Edmonton, represent more than 50 years of trades training at NAIT, and are now part of Peace Wapiti Academy’s history.