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Passing the Hammer | Bill Rockhill | TEDxUtica
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Added Sep 23, 2016
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Bill Rockhill talks about his experience in learning the trade of carpentry, why we should teach all young people to work with their hands, and how he's built over 200 tiny houses in an age of McMansions.

Bill Rockhill has been building tiny houses since 1993. It's quite a departure from his start, working on big projects in Manhattan like Trump Park &Trump Plaza. Bill grew up in the Bronx working for his family's towing business. Bill started his career in construction in 1979 when he was awarded an apprenticeship by the New York City District Council of Carpenters.

After working several years in New York City, he left in 1985 to spend 7 months on the road, traveling 25,000 miles. This was his first experience living in a tiny space and the great outdoors. When he returned to New York and his 39th Street apartment he soon realized he had fallen in love with life outside the city and relocated to the Adirondacks. In 1993 Bear Creek Carpentry was born.

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