In 2003, CDS and West Kootenay Boundary Addictions Services joined forces to launch an opportunity for adults and youth-at-risk with disabilities to learn wood working skills and tool safety while creating products that have a market to be sold within the community. A fully equipped woodworking shop was donated to Trail CDS while partnerships with the local Home Hardware and with Communities in Bloom guaranteed our products would have a mainstream and established sales outlet. All of the local pulp mills donated their mill ends (4 foot and shorter boards) to our wood shop.
Now in our tenth year, the wood shop supports both adults and youth in developing their skills building unique furniture and household items. Unfinished products are now taken to our own finishing shop where 5 individuals apply their artistic talent, creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture.