Friday, March 8, 2013

Hands and Spoons


A recent batch of student work from the school shop.

Made by hands - for hands:











9 comments:

  1. Those are neat. When you bring up a project like this I'm envious and want to try it with my students. How long did the project take to complete?

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    1. Thanks Steve - it's fun to watch the progress of the students. For some, the struggle is to complete a spoon; others have more aesthetic goals. One of my major goals as the woodworking teacher is to develop the Will of the children. They'll come up with a spoon in a very rough state and say "It's finished!" To which I usually respond "No. You might be, but it is not. Keep sanding."

      How long did it take? Well, it varies. These spoons usually take between 4-6 weeks of twice a week classes (45 minutes each). But that is only a rough estimate as some classes are missed due to absences or holidays etc. Plus, it is a rare class that gets the full 45 minutes to work. And of course, the complexity of the design and the level of craftsmanship play major factors as well.

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  2. These spoons are beautiful, do you use them or just hang and display them. Also, have you ever used reclaimed wood for your projects? Antique Oak Flooring

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    1. Well, that's up to the students - I think most use them. And these are made of reclaimed wood - it's birch flooring from a student's home.

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  3. Beautiful spoons! :) What age are your students? I'm a class teacher and I would like to have a project like this with my students. I once (about 10 years ago) did a bigger spoon at school and I'm still using it! :) I should make one more more myself...

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    1. Saaara - This batch was made by sixth grader's, so 11 or 12 years old. There is something powerful about making a spoon with your own hands and then using it to cook/eat. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. It is great to see young people getting stuck in and aing things with their own hands. We need to inspire our young people, and I can see you are doing a good job at that.

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  5. Pauly - Thanks! Yes, it is good to see them doing more real things rather than virtual.

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  6. Such a fun idea. These are very cool.

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