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NAME
Ricardo Cosarinsky, from Argentina -

NAME AND LOCATION OF YOUR UNIT
My unit is called 'New Dawn', and is presently located in Kottakarai village. In the not too distant future I hope to have the means to re-build the unit within Auroville itself.


BACKGROUND, OR SOME INFO ON YOUR TRAINING, AND WHEN YOU JOINED AUROVILLE
I joined Auroville in February 1997. It so happened that I arrived on the 21st which at that time I didn't know was Mother's birthday. I have been a carpenter since about 22 years, and started my training in this craft when I stopped my career as an airline pilot.


WHEN DID YOUR UNIT START?
I started my unit 10 months after joining Auroville. Soon after I arrived I was requested to oversee the crew of carpenters working at the Surrender collective housing project. After 10 months or so I finished this project, got together with the best guys of the team and together we decided to develop our own workshop. Due to lack of financial means, I rented for the time being a little house in Kottakarai village which we had to somewhat modify to make it appropriate for our purposes.


WHAT WAS THE MAIN INSPIRATION BEHIND STARTING IT?The New Dawn wood workshop in Kottakarai
The main inspiration for me was to find the way to serve Auroville in the best way I can, and since my skills were in the field of carpentry I felt I should do something utilising that skill. Also, because I came here without any money at all, I thought that this would be the best and easiest way to get economic independence in order to avoid being involved in the maintenance system. Moreover, the urgent demand for good carpentry work steered me in this direction.


SOME MILESTONES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR UNIT?
The only major milestone that I have experienced is the learning that I received from the Tamil workers that are with me. At the beginning I thought that I had a lot of carpentry knowledge to give to them, and in some ways I was correct there, but I never suspected how much they could teach me on the human level! Our workshop has become a real human school for all of us involved. It has become such a beautiful experience that it's not easy to put into words.


PRESENT SITUATIONThe New Dawn wood workshop in Kottakarai
My present situation is quite hopeful, due to the fact that the demand for our work is increasing, and I believe Auroville may give me the financial support to build my workshop inside the township itself. I will then be able to enhance the work and give more quality and efficiency in my service.


SOME DESCRIPTION OF THE NATURE OF YOUR PRODUCT/SERVICE/ACTIVITY
Basically we are involved in building construction, doing all kinds of doors, windows, louvres and cupboards, together with lots of furniture for Aurovilians. Since about four months we have also been doing aluminum work.


THROUGH YOUR PRODUCT/SERVICE/ACTIVITY, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TOFinished products The New Dawn wood workshop in Kottakarai SEEK, OR EXPRESS?
Mainly I'm trying to be aware that whatever we are doing is for serving the Divine, and I take everything that I do as a means of getting closer to Him/Her through my material activity. Of course, the carpentry work is an open window to be creative and express beauty in all that we do. Therefore, I put a lot of strength into pushing all of us to be as good as we can. We grow every day, and we are improving without a doubt.


WHICH ASPECT OF YOUR WORK BEST EXPRESSES YOUR VISION, PHILOSOPHY OR APPROACH TOWARDS AUROVILLE?
The human relationship with my workers best expresses the level on which we are. And, of course, the quality of our work is telling about our harmony.

Finished products The New Dawn wood workshop in KottakaraiIS THERE A SPECIFIC ASPECT OF AUROVILLE YOU WOULD WISH TO SUPPORT WITH YOUR ACTIVITY?
Maybe the economic aspect? I'm willing to join the Free Flow experiment and thus give the chance to everybody in Auroville to have the opportunity to have wooden products at an affordable (non)price.


FURTHER REMARKS
Just to remind all of us that we are here to be conscious servitors of the Divine, and whatever we do has to be done in this context, otherwise we lose sight of the goal and put the whole experiment in peril.

Contact: ricardo@auroville.org.in

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