Apr 05, 2011

Teaching Woodworking to Youngsters

created at: 04/05/2011

Anyone who's ever used a blazingly sharp-toothed saw or chisel can attest: that's the last place you want tiny little fingers... 

Or is it? 

"Just as legions of Americans in cities and suburbs have discovered the joys of working with their hands — building their own chicken coops or brewing artisanal vinegars — many are now encouraging their children to do the same, by giving them the opportunity to learn how to handle a hammer as well as they use an iPhone."

created at: 04/05/2011

In an era when shop class has been replaced by proficiency test prep groups, adults are teaching kids about the creative process, and how traditional handtools are instrumental to creating the things they use everyday, reports Julie Scelfo in the New York Times.

The article reports of workshops and classes around the country that teach kids proper sawing, hammering, gluing, and even some joinery techniques.

There is, of course, the problem of safety, but as Mr. Cohen of Beam Camp points out, “Tetherball is more dangerous than the shop.”

Kindergarten Shop Class [NYTimes.com]




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Jim on Aug 08, 2011:

Oh suck it up, Anonymous... it's just nail polish... it's not hurting anybody... you're awfully opinionated for some who doesn't even have the balls to comment under their own name...

Anonymous on Aug 07, 2011:

Am I the only one who noticed the red fingernail polish on the little boys nails in the first pic? Someone needs a little more time in the wood shop and a little less time helping mommy with her manicures.

Kristin Calhoun on Apr 05, 2011:

I found your blog through a mutual friend (Michelle Caldwell) and despite the fact that I am not a postmodern male, I LOVE it and read it constantly. And the kind of news you post, like this one, is just what I like to read about. Thank you!