Thursday, October 11, 2018

whittling in camp...

Yesterday I took our Swedish Sloyd knives and a freshly made supply of whittling sticks out to the campsite where our Clear Spring School elementary students were spending the night.  Whittling is a wonderful camp activity, and even though the students had practiced in the wood shop there was no reduction in enthusiasm for it.

For many of our students, this was a first time camping experience and it was a cold night. Each camping trip is different, and each becomes memorable. Last night will be remembered as a chilly night to be camping in the Ozarks.

In whittling we had four very minor injuries. Put a bandaid on and the child goes back to work.

Today in my wood shop I begin putting inlay in box lids, and preparing for an ESSA class on sharpening this coming Saturday. There are still openings for new students in that class. Go to to enroll, or call 479-253-5384.

Make, fix, and create...


  1. Anonymous11:12 AM

    On 2018/04/15, you had a post "a lesson in knots". Was it useful for making the football goal net? A camp is perfect to practice lashing. Any feedback?

  2. We gave up on the foot ball goal nets and used ready made. I found that I was pushing the students into the project, and didn't feel like doing them all by myself. You are right that camp is the perfect place to do knot tying. We've done that in the past and I'm not sure if it was included as a lesson for this campout.