Manor Moments

Cornwall Manor’s Woodshop

May 2017
Residents Seth Husiman (left) and Tom Bare work in Cornwall Manor’s Woodshop to fix a table leg.

The activity and dedication of Cornwall Manor’s Woodshop Volunteers is often behind the scenes. The woodshop, currently located in the lower level of Corson Hall, is another one of Cornwall Manor’s treasures and has been on campus since its inception in 1975 by resident Charles Weaver. As part of Cornwall Manor’s campus master plan renovations that began in May 2017, the Woodshop will be moving and getting additional space in the “mule barn” (former home of the Maintenance Shop).

The woodshop is available to those who would like to use the space for their hobbies and is armed with a team of dedicated volunteers who are willing to complete a variety of projects for residents and staff. There is no charge for these services, however, donations are appreciated and those proceeds are put into a fund to provide needed equipment for the Cornwall Manor community.

Woodshop volunteers are able to complete projects like refinishing, painting, furniture repairs (like chairs and tables), chair caning, lamp wiring as well as constructing quilt racks and shelves and handyman jobs like putting together bookshelves. Over the years, Woodshop volunteers made items for bazaars and the crèche used in front of Zerr Chapel at Christmas time.

Through the donations received for completing projects for residents and employees, the Woodshop has given more than $40,000 in their 42 years of existence. The Woodshop was inducted into Cornwall Manor’s Buckingham Society in 2005.

They were also the recipients of the ‘Spirit of Philanthropy Award’ at the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day Banquet in 2007. Woodshop proceeds have been used to purchase or sponsor such items for campus as a Nu-Step exercise machine for the Fitness Center, a grill for Food Services, a portable podium used at events, pool accessories, a computer for the Gateway Library, a chair scale for the Visiting Physicians Office and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) also for the Fitness Center.

Cornwall Manor is very grateful for the work our Woodshop volunteers complete and the campus items they purchase or sponsor.