|at work on a pine stump with hand planes|
T. W. Berry in his book *The Pedagogy of Educational Handcraft, 1912 wrote about the general school effect of manual work.
Children who are dull at literary work are very generally bright when engaged in manual work, and this interest in what is done, stimulated by its attendant success, is reflected in all the School work. The accuracy and neatness of execution and artistic embellishment demanded in Handicraft is imitated in School work generally, so that the moral effect is very great. The variety of work, both as regards materials and nature of models, tends to make a pupil adaptable to varying circumstances, but always aiming at a high artist finish to a useful article.I could witness that sense of enthusiastic interest yesterday as my 7th, 8th and 9th grade students worked with hand planes attempting to make a smooth surface on a pine stump from the Eureka Springs Cemetery.
Not only is the direct influence of manual instruction great but the indirect is even greater. The correlation of studies widens the interest, inculcates the spirit of co-operation and interrelationship, and enables the pupil to express his thoughts not in words only but in models, which necessarily demand precision, thus developing a most useful habit.
|making tiny garbage cans grades 4-6|
I am beginning work on two articles scheduled for Fine Woodworking, one on making wooden hinges for boxes, and the other on the installation of knife hinges for small cabinets. These are to be done ASAP, as one is already scheduled for an upcoming issue of the magazine.
|Planing wood is too much fun...|
Make, fix and create...