Tuesday, June 08, 2010

sawing, history and hand skills.

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, director of the North Bennet Street School in Boston sent me these photos to help prepare for our presentation on Sloyd during the Furniture Society Conference at MIT on June 18. The first is from their current project in partnership with Eliot Middle School. The one below is from much earlier in the history of the school when Gustav Larsson was director of the Sloyd Teacher training at NBSS. Some things don't change much. Children still need to become engaged in learning through their hands. There is nothing that so deeply engages one in learning as the development of skill.

In the meantime, I am continuing work on my small walnut chests of drawers, using a simple mortise and tenon technique for assembling the drawers. I cut mortises in the drawer sides and then form tenons on the backs, and on the front of the sides where they will attach to the drawer fronts, as shown in the photos above and below.

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