Sunday, August 19, 2007
The illustration at left is model 2 of the Alfred Johansson's Fundamental series and illustrates one of the challenges inherent in bringing Sloyd methods into the modern classroom. Otto Salomon asked that the items made be useful to the student and his family. In most modern households, neither the rake tooth of the fundamental series nor the parcel pin of the town series would be useful or of value, but there are a huge number of possibilities... things that engage the children's imaginations, and that reflect the spirit of early Sloyd. The important thing isn't to recreate a rigid set of models, but to create fluid circumstances in which progressively difficult and complex objects challenge development of skill AND inspire creativity.