My grandmother and I at our Open House

 
 

meet tim.


My name is Tim Robideau, and I’m so happy to be your host here at OSM! My proprietorship here is the culmination of over 40 years of learning, teaching, building, making, and identifying what truly matters in life. My goal is to be proactive and innovative by providing a venue and learning opportunities to help you find true happiness as well!

 

I am an alumni of Tompkins Cortland Community College and SUNY College at Cortland and hold two permanent teaching certifications.

  • Associate’s Degree in Social Sciences with concentration in Psychology

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Education with an N-6 permanent certification

  • Master’s Degree of Literacy with a k-12 permanent certification

For the majority of my professional career, I was employed at Homer Central School District where I taught for 15 years. I held classroom teacher positions in Alternative Education, Kindergarten, and Second Grade. During my time at HCSD, I helped develop many Character Education initiatives, and always prioritized the health and well being of my students.

A unique subset of my abilities grew out of experiential learning my entire life. My father was a general contractor, and during summers and vacations I worked by his side, learning the trade. Eventually, while teaching, I had grown an additional reputation as a woodworker. I was able to make furniture, fireplace mantles, bookshelves, toy boxes, and other items for people as a means of extra income, but this never felt like working.

About 6 years ago, education experienced a paradigm shift in its curriculum, and at the same time, my following for my woodworking craft had blossomed into small renovations of kitchens and bathrooms and was a viable option to choose for employment. I took the leap, resigned my teaching position, and started T.A. Robideau Construction & Maintenance (TARCAM).

Over the last 6 years I have been blessed with a constant waiting list of clients who were eager to have bathrooms, kitchens, and even entire houses and historical buildings remodeled. I have built countless pieces of custom built-ins and free standing furniture pieces, and have designed and installed custom millwork details ranging from solid wood elliptical archways and coffered ceiling details to faux finishes and custom moldings. My skill set and tool library has grown immensely.

During the last three of those 6 years, I have taken on the additional task of restoring my personal commercial property. While building out and maintaining my basement woodshop was a priority in the beginning, the upstairs, a 1,400sqft open room, was an “organic becoming”. As I acquired reclaimed materials and architectural elements from jobs and salvage picks, I worked them into what turned into a three year remodel. As my mission for the space came to light, so did the light at the end of the remodeling tunnel. I knew the space had a purpose greater than I knew, that there was another change for myself on the horizon. Even though I had resigned my teaching position 6 years prior, it was clear that a return to teaching was in order. Only this time, as Founder of Owego Street Makery.

My entire life…the teaching…the woodworking…the resourcefulness and unquenchable desire to seek happiness and what truly matters in life led me to create this place for you. For all of us! A place where we can gather and share skills. A place where you can create, make your happiness a priority and who knows, maybe even take a passion and make a career out of it!

You CAN…You WILL.

I look forward to meeting you,

Tim