"I teach woodshop at a public high school in St. Paul, MN and wanted to write you and tell you that your box making book is taking my school by storm. I recently was told to teach a reading based woodshop class where the students had to read as much as cut wood. The students found it boring to begin with but when I introduced your DVD and the first section of your book to them, including the introduction, my attendance went up and stayed up and the students loved the simple design of your lift lid box. I am just finishing up my first set of boxes today and I have students, whom I don't know, coming by and they ask to build one!Box making is such a wonderful way to become engaged in woodworking. The amount of materials required is small. The amount of storage space for materials and materials handling is small and far more predictable. You can learn every form of woodworking skill by making boxes, using every tool in the wood shop and learning what it and you can do. You can make expressive heirloom objects that motivate students to learn.
Thanks so much! It's easy to teach to students with enthusiasm! Your book made it possible."
I hope to develop a school woodworking curriculum based on box making in response ot the obvious enthusiasm that students express. Next week, my middle school students will begin making band sawn boxes, so today I will spend some time preparing materials for class on Tuesday, and I plan to have a discussion with Fine Woodworking about it later in the week.