Thursday, September 08, 2016

favorite things

 It is our second week of school and our students are already proclaiming that wood shop is their favorite thing at Clear Spring. Can it be any wonder why? Otto Salomon (also Diesterweg and Cygnaeus) spelled it out when he asked that we begin with the interests of the child, and proceed from the known to the unknown, from the easy to the more difficult, from the simple to the complex and from the concrete to the abstract.

I am still finishing my small chapels of wood, and am at the point of sanding the small samples of Arkansas woods. My next version of this box will use rare earth magnets to hold the samples in place, as the tiny round tenons on the ends of the samples are somewhat difficult to size.

My office, finish room and shop are clean enough for guests. Come see.

Make, fix, create, and extend to others the possibility of learning likewise.

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