Monday, November 26, 2018

tiny wheels

My students and I have been trying our hands at making tiny wheels. We first make hardwood dowels, then cut them to length on the bandsaw, and then drill holes at the center of each one. My first grade boys were able to drill their own using a centering clamp intended for drilling stock for making turned pens. The axles are bamboo skewers. These are much cheaper than buying hardwood dowels and can be trimmed to length using wire cutters.

If anyone was ever to face a crisis in which they might feel unwanted, or without purpose, they might consider spending some time in a class full of kids, each wanting help with something that they want to make.

There is a particular appeal to the making of tiny things.

Make, fix and create...

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