SIERRA LODESTAR (SAN ANDREAS) -- Although Carvajal had a DIY role model in her father, it wasn’t until she earned her master’s degree in diversified arts from San Francisco State University, taught herself how to make jewelry and became a horse owner that she saw how working on projects herself could be beneficial on many levels.
“I found myself in a community that traded,” she said. “I became a blacksmith and horseshoer.”
Her do-it-yourself experience grew from there, and now she does everything from fix her plumbing to making furniture, repairing oriental rugs and more. She even taught woodworking for a time at the Hanna School for Boys in Mexico.