Monday, September 13, 2010

beginning sloyd

Today in the Clear Spring School wood shop, the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students made trivets from Gustav Larsson's Book, Elementary Sloyd and Whittling. The project is a great way to introduce new-to-the-wood shop students to woodworking (I had a few) and it offers a good refresher course in safety for those students who have been busy during the summer doing other things. Even though most of the students had done this project before, to do it again offered the opportunity to improve skill and refine their work. Each and every woodworking scholar took pleasure in their work. At the high school level, we are beginning a Clear Spring School wood collection, and beginning to gather as many local species as we can. It should be easy to come up with at least 30 different species, and perhaps more, just from our local forests.

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