By Beth Fisher

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Carhartt and Skillshare are offering free workshops for skilled trades workers and craftsmen.

The first workshop, taking place on Saturday in Eastern Market at the Detroit Mercantile, will be led by Phil Cooley, owner of Slows BBQ in downtown Detroit. Cooley will be teaching students how to build with reclaimed wood. He will teach the basics of building, and the economic and environmental benefits of this type of material.

Other workshops will be offered Oct. 7 and Nov. 11.

“The next class we have will be by Mike Score from Hands Farms  & he’s gonna talk about and teach designing & planning a wood lot. And our last one will be by Chaz Miller and that will be learning to paint large scale murals. He’s working on a number of really interesting projects within the city,” Carhartt marketing vice president Tony Ambroza told WWJ’s Beth Fisher.

Ambroza said the workshops are efforts “to make a lasting impact on those who call Detroit home by offering a place to learn skills from real people who are making a real difference.”

Dearborn-based Carhartt Inc, makes outer wear and work apparel. Skillshare is based in New York City and brings local tradesmen and craftsmen of all disciplines together to share their knowledge and skills with communities.

The workshops are free, but people must register at

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