Jack Powell

Vermont timber framer Jack Powell in front of a mural

Jack homeschooled just a few miles from our shop in Vershire! He spent the majority of his childhood here, often taking daylong solo walks, tracking animals and learning about the movements of the natural world. Integrated into studies and walks were chores, and his days seemed to revolve around handyman tasks and mechanical repairs. He recollects helping the repairman fix the washer enough times that his parents stopped calling them. He also remembers working with his brother to cut an entire winter supply of firewood with crosscut saws.

Post homeschool life, Jack traveled, studied and worked. He graduated from Sterling College in 2010, where he received a B.A. in Outdoor Education and Leadership. 

His first flight, at the age of 19, was from New York City to Accra, Ghana where he stayed in a remote village and worked with the locals to repair waterlines in the surrounding bush land. He has since visited 5 continents and tries to see a new country every year. (Side note: he ran into TimberHomes Vermont a few years ago in Costa Rica, where David was leading a project to build a frame for an elementary school there. He volunteered for several days.)

At home, Jack puts his weekends to good use restoring and renting canoes. He also has many years of experience building hiking trails and leading work crews in the woods. When he is not working on his boats you can often find him exploring the surrounding mountains.