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The chapel is a private building project that will be open to the community once completed.
NMIT joinery tutors, Huw Morgan and Bruce Stilwell, heard about the chapel and jumped at the chance to contribute to the project.
They integrated the construction of the windows and door for the gothic designed chapel into their students' programme as a two-week block course.
“Chapel windows are a very specialized type of joinery job and we thought it would be a great way to challenge our learners and give back to the community at the same time,” says Huw.
The chapel sits on property owned by Peter and Steph Kristofski and will be a place for people to come to reflect and feel at peace, regardless of their religious affiliations or beliefs.
Steph has always had a dream to build a chapel in the woods, surrounded and hidden by the natural environment. After a cancer diagnosis a few years ago her friends and family pulled together, working on weekends, and contributing however they could, to turn her dream into a reality.
The plans were designed by a friend who was a professional architect, and all the building material was donated by local builders. The chapel was built in less than 12 months.
The NMIT students completed the two-week block courses under the careful guidance of Huw and Bruce.
The windows and front door will be installed in the coming school term.