Monday, June 25, 2018

Three things.

Normally when I teach box making, I end up getting a few boxes started as demonstrations for my students. I am taking some of these unfinished boxes to box making class today to carry a step further in the process. So while I'm helping my students make boxes I hope to use these unfinished boxes as examples and props.

I will also be making a variety of jigs during the week that will be left at ESSA for future use.

This week's class starting today is full with 9 students.

My next classes will be at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking  in Manchester, CT and at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, IN. Check with either of those schools for details.

The photo shows two large boxes awaiting further steps towards completion.

Yesterday our ESSA director Kelly McDonough made a presentation at our local UU fellowship. With regard to ESSA and the arts, she made three points. One is that the arts have a profound economic impact. The arts in the US contribute more dollars to the economy than agriculture. Is that not surprising? The arts bring in a balance of trade surplus.

Then there are the truly important things. The arts make us feel better, making a profound contribution to mental health. And the arts build community. Do I need to say these things? You may have discovered these three points on your own.

Make, fix, and create. Assist others in learning likewise.

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