Sawhorse Revolution is a Seattle-based non-profit serving high-school students primarily from Central and South Seattle. Our mission is to foster confident, community-oriented youth through the power of carpentry and craft.


There’s a unique kind of knowledge that comes through hands on experience. It’s the physical discovery of a confidence grounded in skill and self-reliance.


The dignity of work is a right, not a privilege. We strive to restore the virtue of work by exposing youth to the power of making.


Teaming experienced professionals with engaged youth for hands-on experience is at the heart of what we do.


Growth happens when interactions with others inspire new ways of being yourself.



Sawhorse Revolution started as a carpentry summer camp in 2010 at a rural property just north of Arlington called Smoke Farm. Since then, we’ve added a full school year’s worth of after-school programming, three paid staff, and have worked with over 150 individual students. To tour all past Sawhorse work, please visit our projects section.



Operations Associate

Camille Faulkner

Camille Faulkner volunteered with Sawhorse for eight years before joining the staff as the Sawhorse Operations Associate. Camille first started volunteering as the Lunch Lady at Sawhorse’s Fortnight Summer Camp, bringing scratch made, holistic cooking to enterprising teens. Camille’s non-profit background includes working with not for profit meal programs addressing the needs of Seattle’s homeless population. Outside of addressing social change and the side effects of poverty, Camille enjoys reading, eating and hiking.

Development Associate

Erin Ingle

Erin Ingle is a homegrown Pacific North-Westerner committed to social engagement and environmental stewardship. After years as a friend and fan of Sawhorse Revolution, she now has a place on the team. Erin graduated cum laude in 2011 with a BA in English (Creative Writing) & Spanish Literature. Outside of Sawhorse, she tries to change the world with laughter as a nationally touring stand-up comedian.

Program Coordinator

Meg Hartwig

Meg Hartwig is an artist, carpenter and educator living and working in Seattle.  Hartwig was born and raised in great Midwestern state of Michigan and is currently a ten year resident of the Emerald City.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Illustration In Michigan, a Post Baccalaureate in Ceramics from Louisiana State University, worked hard and adventurously in between and throughout, and later earned a Masters of Fine Arts, 3D4M, at the University of Washington.  Hartwig has been hammering away since and will soon be focusing on a fall solo show while continuing to labor away at other Sisyphean endeavors.

Program Manager

Sam Schultz

Sam Schultz graduated with a Masters in Architecture from North Dakota State and worked after graduation on community development projects for Native American reservations across the Midwest. Her free time is spent entertaining a love for building, volunteering across the US and abroad on design-builds for areas in need. She enjoys trail running, kayaking and traveling for a humanitarian purpose.

Executive Director

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is an educator, jill-of-many-trades, and co-founder of Sawhorse Revolution. She received a BA in English Literature from the University of Puget Sound, graduated in 2008, and promptly realized the importance of hands-on skills training. Since then, she has been working to develop experiential learning programs for youth. Smith received a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2012, and has been working at Sawhorse since graduating. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and time with friends and family.   

Artistic Director

Adam Nishimura

Co-founder and former executive director of Sawhorse Revolution.  Received an M.D. and M.A. in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Washington.  Currently a resident physician at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency.  A passion for progressive education and learning technologies unites his work in medicine and with Sawhorse Revolution.

Board of Directors

Adam Nishimura

  • Family Medicine Resident, University of Washington Medical School
  • Sawhorse Revolution Artistic Director (volunteer position)

May Ackerman

  • M. Ed., University of Puget Sound
  • Public School teacher
  • 20+ years leading experiential education programs

Matthew Cary, Treasurer

  • Owner, Heirloom Quality Modern
  • High-end residential and commercial carpenter for 20+ years

Bob Perkins, President

  • Former Executive Director of Youth In Focus, Center for Wooden Boats
  • Cabinetmaker

Andrew Marsters, Vice President

  • Project Manager, BN Builders
  • M.S. Construction Management, University of Washington

Melanie Bonadore, Secretary

  • Project Manager, Skanska
  • Background in budget, construction, and design project management


Seattle Magazine – “AIA Home of Distinction: A Seattle Architect Takes On the Tiny-Home Challenge” Nia Martin, March 2018

KCTS/PBS – “Tiny House Revolution” (video) Stacy Jenkins, June 7, 2016

Seeker Network – “Can Tiny Homes Solve Homelessness in the US?” (video) Molly Fosco, July 21, 2016

Treehouse Masters – Season 5, Episode 8, “Workshop Edition” (video) Animal Planet, September 11, 2015

The Stranger – “The Sawhorse Revolution” Brendan Kiley; September 4, 2013

Huffington Post – “Teens Create Tiny Home Village…” Robbie Couch; April 8, 2015

Seattle Times – “Franklin High students hammer home gift for Nickelsville’s homeless” Miguel Otárola; June 2, 2015

KUOW – “Seattle Teens Built This Tiny Home for the Homeless” Posey Gruener, September 20, 2015

Crosscut – “Sawhorse Carpenters are Customizing Nickelsville” Brian Hagenbuch, June 12, 2015

Fast Co. – “This Moveable Village of Tiny Houses for the Homeless Was Designed By Teenagers” Adele Peters, April 23, 2015

Mother Nature Network – “Help Teen Carpenters Build a Tiny House Eco-Village for Seattle’s Homeless” Matt Hickman, April 16, 2015

Ecosphere – “Sawhorse Revolution Provides Tiny Homes for the Homeless” Alex Vietti, May 2015


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