Sunday, April 02, 2023

National Woodworking Month

April has been named National Woodworking Month, so if you've not done it, now's the great time to start. In celebration I've been hand-cutting dovetails, and in just under two weeks will teach box making classes at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. 

Put April 17-19 on your calendars. April 17 I'll do an evening presentation on the Wisdom of our hands, a subject that affects us all, whether celebrants of National Woodworking Month or not. On Saturday I'll teach a box making class open to drop-ins or full day participants. It will be demonstration only. On Sunday, a few students will join me for a hands-on class. For that, registration is required.

The photo shows a walnut jewelry box in the making. It also shows that hand cut dovetails can be messy in the making. There are simpler ways to cut this joint than cutting by hand, but this is National Woodworking Month, and woodworking is not just about stuff. It's also about training the hand and mind for other things.

Yesterday we attended Hands-On ESSA, an annual event at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. Money was raised through an on-site/online auction and folks of all ages got introductions to various crafts.

Make, fix and create... Assist others in learning lifewise.

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