"The instructors during this session made the experience much better. Their level of understanding and patience, along with the one-on-one training, made for a pleasant experience. The distraction from all else while woodcarving has a healing nature." - wounded veteran participant 2013
"There is nothing so far that I have found to be better therapy. The instructors and organization are amazing." - wounded veteran participant 2015
"It helps me think and helps me forget my depression by getting busy." - wounded veteran particpant 2014
"This class allows you to take your mind off of the things that stress us out. You're learning a new skill and at the same time it is a type of therapy." - wounded veteran participant 2014
"To look at things with different eyes. Just like in woodcarving. Taking a piece of wood that looks plain and turning it in something. We can do that with ourselves." - wounded veteran participant 2014
"I was able to assist other Vets by sharing my progress since last year." - wounded veteran particpant 2013
"It was fun carving a bear. I can take this home, and concentrate on carving." - wounded veteran participant 2015
ABOUT US: THE 21st CENTURY HEROES VISION
21st Century Heroes is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to providing therapeutic and recreational woodcarving workshops for combat wounded OEF and OIF veterans. The sponsored workshops provide five days of woodcarving instruction in the beautiful and relaxing setting of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Starting in 2013, the woodcarving workshops were inspired by a group of Jackson Hole residents who wanted to show their support to our dedicated servicemen and women. Their idea stemmed from the understanding that learning a craft, like woodcarving, could aid in the healing progress.
In addition to building camaraderie and support amongst the participants, the experience introduces a new hobby, artistic outlet, or possibly, even a new career.
The 21st Century Heroes founders teamed up with a group of expert woodcarving instructors to develop the course curriculum. The workshop is designed to give the wounded veterans a solid understanding of woodcarving--from learning how to use and maintain the tools, basic techniques and execute different woodcarving projects. The week concludes with the skillful construction of a wood statue using a chainsaw. The veterans leave with new-found woodcarving knowledge and a set of basic tools that they can use when they get home.