Meet the Maker: Cate Robertson

Cate moved to the Yukon from BC this September to join her daughter and son-in-law. It didn’t take her long to find Yukonstruct, and to feel right at home in the space and community. Though she didn’t expect to end up in the Yukon, she has embraced this adventure whole-heartedly, and we are so grateful Cate has decided to make Yukonstruct part of her journey.  

What’s your role at Yukonstruct?

Right now, I am a member and volunteer at Yukonstruct. 

How did you get involved with Yukonstruct?

I learned about Yukonstruct from my daughter. When I came by for a tour, I immediately felt inspired by all the possibilities. 

As a maker, do you remember the first thing you made that you felt proud of?

Yes! I started making charcuterie boards in January. After a couple months of watching tutorial videos, and a lot of trial and error, I saw my skills progress – I feel really proud of the boards I make now, and how far I’ve come.

What has been your favourite project so far?

I have learned how to blacksmith so I can make handles for my charcuterie boards, and I must say, this new skill has me incredibly excited! I’ve also been making candle holders this month. It has felt very rewarding to learn all these new skills.

Why did you join Yukonstruct?

When I took a tour of the facility, I was so impressed with the space and equipment. It is absolutely amazing that Whitehorse has this space to create in, and the Yukonstruct community to be part of!

What do you like most about Yukonstruct?

It has to be the Yukonstruct community! I am endlessly impressed with the resources Yukonstruct provides to the Yukon. Fellow members, Michelle and John, have gone out of their way to show me how to use the equipment, answer questions, and pass down their knowledge. Kristen, the Makespace Program Coordinator, is 100% there to help me whenever I need a hand. Rick, the Makespace Director, is always generous with his time and knowledge. And Jeramy, Operations Assistant, has been an incredible source of information while I learn to blacksmith, and soon, weld! Fahd and Ratan are also never too far when anything is needed. The Yukonstruct community has welcomed me into the family and it feels amazing to be part of the energy of this space. 

Before I joined Yukonstruct, I used Youtube to learn woodworking. Now I have a wonderful community to learn from! I can’t say enough about how incredibly grateful I am for Yukonstruct!