Alissa Santurri, “the Asian carpenter”, puts her touch to the job | Neighborhoods
For now, she starts with her daughter Isabelle, who joins her regularly in the carpentry. “Isabelle, my daughter, you can be whatever you want”, Santurri likes to tell her. “You can be strong and strong, and you can be a carpenter.”
Judging by the ease with which the 4-year-old slips into the store, puts on her earmuffs and safety glasses, and starts sanding down her own projects, she seems to get the message.
The four questions
What are the most important values that drive your work?
I feel like I’m just going to sound like a broken record here, but the performance, exposure and empowerment are my main motivations.
How do you create the kind of community you want to live in?
I think I’m showing my daughter that she can do whatever she wants. I contribute to a sustainable community through local wood and local crafts. And, once again, the representation. I am an Asian carpenter and I want everyone to know this.
What advice would you give to other potential entrepreneurs?
Normally I would say, “Just do it”, but I am privileged to have the space, the time and the resources to do it. So I guess I would just say it forms organically. You don’t have to change the world overnight. You don’t have to have your end goal within a month. It evolved as I had the energy and time to do it, and I think it’s a great way to get my foot in the door.