Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It's Wednesday, time for hinges...

My students at ESSA have boxes underway. Yesterday I demonstrated how to cut miter key slots, so some of them have done that and will be ready to cut lids from the bodies of their boxes just after I will have demonstrated the same thing. There are so many things to learn, but as each student is making their own boxes incorporating some of their own ideas and ideals, lots of learning is taking place. Today I am ready to demonstrate putting hinges on boxes, and will also demonstrate the Infinity Dovetail Spline Jig that I described in a recent Fine Woodworking  product review.

A couple of my students and I were talking yesterday afternoon how important it is that we be allowed to make mistakes, and that in today's ultra scrutinized corporate and educational environments the value of mistakes is not recognized at full value.

From the standpoint of iPhone seven, six was a loser,. From that same vantage point, the biggest Apple fiasco of all, the Newton, a product that seemed to have launched the whole personal digital assistant movement, was an abysmal flop.

Worst, is that children not having done real things in school or in life, and having been brought up on digital devices do not seem to have the resilience and willingness to do difficult and demanding things. Self-esteem that has not been hammered on the anvil of real work, and tested against real failure is a hollow thing.

Make, fix, create and increase the likelihood that others learn likewise.

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