Monday, July 23, 2012

Small cabinets class, day one...

I have 6 students this week at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts having had two cancellations at the last minute. I am attempting to tailor the class to each student's learning needs, which means that 4 types of joints are being cut, each student's cabinet is being made to their own size specifications, and from a selection of three Arkansas hardwoods. We learn best when we have the challenge of thinking about what we are doing rather than just going through set-ups determined by others. So in addition to the small cabinets I hope we will display at the end of the week, the student's learning will be obvious to all.

You can see a bit of progress in the photos above and below.
Stated aim of the Guild and School of Handcrafts, 1888:
"seek not only to set a higher standard of craftsmanship, but at the same time, and in so doing, to protect the status of the craftsman. To this end it endeavours to steer a mean between the independence of the artist— which is individualistic and often parasitical— and the trade-shop, where the workman is bound to purely commercial and antiquated traditions, and has, as a rule, neither stake in the business nor any interest beyond his weekly wage".

Make, fix and create...

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