8th December 2017

Furniture workshop at the Sweet Water Foundation

The Sweet Water Foundation is a non-profit organisation that has turned a large vacant site on Perry Avenue into a community farm with workshops. I spoke to a chap about the same age as me, Devontae Phillips, who uses the workshop to build his own custom cabinetry, which he then sells via Facebook and through word-of-mouth.

One of Devontae's fellow carpenters varnishing a vanity table.

Outside the workshop: community planting beds, a greenhouse, and in the distance, a barn recently raised by over 50 volunteers from around Chicago to provide a large multipurpose community meeting space.