Monday, October 08, 2012

inlays, sawing frets, and boxes...

Today I came up with a new box design based on what the kids at CSS know how to do. Certainly, they are not successful product designers at this point. The do need to be led toward greater success, even though they would like to just be putting things together without regard to how they come out. My own preference as their teacher is that they show some evidence of craftsmanship and turn out products with some sense of quality in that they should be both beautiful and useful. For as they grow they will become more critical of their earlier efforts. I notice things that they don't and won't unless I take a moment and point out how things might be improved.

The high school students are working on their cigar box guitars. They are excited about the project, and seem to have concerns when things aren't going just right, rather than (in every case) plunging along to the destruction of their project. We are inlaying the spaces between the appropriate frets with round maple dots as you can see in the photo below. The photo at the top of the page shows my new box design... a sliding lid pencil box intended for the 4th, 5th and 6th grades.

Make, fix and create...

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