Cape Abilities participants hand-craft Cape Cod Flags for you!

Filed in Blog, Community Partners, Jobs, Life Skills, Vocational by on June 30, 2016

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20160616_111122Have you seen our unique Cape Cod Flags popping up on homes and businesses around the Cape?  These one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted productions are being created by our talented Furniture Rescue and Restore team, and we are making them available for you to purchase at our retail locations!

These flags, created by our participants in our Eastham, MA wood shop, provide the perfect opportunity for you to show your support of Cape Abilities to your neighbors, friends and families, and give a distinctive and gorgeous patriotic flair to your home or business.  And best of all, all proceeds from the sale of these flags benefit Cape Abilities!

The idea to make these flags was introduced by Cape Abilities volunteer Gary Seeley, who suggested that our Rescue and Restore team try to craft an item that all our participants could take part in creating. The team agreed that different versions of the American flag was a great option with lots of creative potential; even the wood to be used (Lath or snow fencing) was chosen to remind the flag owner of the beach fence material we all grew up seeing on Cape Cod!

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flag 1 Collage

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To ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate in this project, the wood shop crew built a special jig (a device that holds a piece of work and guides the tools operating on it) to assist our participants with painting.  Our folks loved the jig so much that two more were built to increase flag production and paint participation.

The project has turned into an unexpected success story for so many individuals.  Shawn (above, painting red) is a Rescue and Restore team member who found that his confidence was building with each flag he completed.  “I like learning how to use the nail gun,” he says.  “This helps me to assemble the flags and finish one on my own.”

Team manager Nick Seeley notes that once the routine of assembly was established, several of the participants involved in the project began adding their own personal touches to each flag, making them all exclusive to the buyer.  “One of our artists put a stencil of Cape Cod in the blue field of the flag and then took it a step further by adding shadow to the stencil by burning the wood, giving it a vintage look!”

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flag 2 Collage

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Public reaction to these creative productions was positive and immediate.  Three flags sold in three hours on the very first day they were displayed at our Route 6A Farm store in Dennis.  Eight more flags were made and re-stocked at the farm store the following weekend.
                                               They sold out in 45 minutes!

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Our Rescue and Restore team is proud not only of the work they are creating, but that their work is helping to support the programs and services we provide for their peers.  Christine, who specializes in constructing and painting the lath, can’t wait to help make more flags.  “I really love it,” she says, with a beaming smile (below).  “It’s really cool to think, ‘oh my gosh I made that!’”

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The sale of all hand-crafted Furniture Rescue and Restore items like your Cape Cod Flag support skills training and jobs for our participants.  You can be confident that your purchases and donations are making a real difference in the lives of the individuals with disabilities that we serve every day.

Look for our special flags at our Thrift Store in West Yarmouth, our Route 6A farm store in Dennis, and our Farm To Table Market And Gallery in Chatham.

Thank You for your ongoing support of Cape Abilities!

 

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