The Woodshop class format is designed to balance a child’s need for structure with a child’s need for freedom to be creative. Each class begins with a brief instruction on safety, tools, wood, joinery, hardware, woodworking terminology, etc. The remainder of the class is spent building fun projects with individual and group instruction. The Woodshop has several project samples that the kids model and are encouraged to add their own personal touches such as different shapes, additional features and custom paint jobs based on their own imaginations. As their skills and confidence develop, they will progress to more challenging projects. This natural progression not only keeps things fun and interesting, but molds them into incredible craftsman.
The Woodshop projects are really fun and will keep them excited as they complete one project and move to the next. All of the projects are age appropriate. Some of the projects include: rubber band powered cars and boats, airplanes and helicopters, rubber band guns and play swords. They also can choose to make doll beds or cradles. As there skills increase and they gain more confidence, they can move into more advanced project.
The Woodshop workspace is a fun, creative and air conditioned environment. Each class is limited to six students per adult instructor, with each having their own workstation. Each workstation has a woodvise to safely secure their wood project as they saw, rasp and sand it to perfection. They will learn how to use a tape measure and a square to layout the wood before cutting with a crosscut saw. They will learn how much fun it is to use a coping saw to cut curves in wood and a hand drill to make holes. Hammering nails, driving screws, rasping, sanding and finally painting their projects will give them a feeling of accomplishment and excitement as they celebrate a job well done.
From our workshop to the tools we use, everything is scaled to children’s hands and strength. In The Woodshop, children are taught with the guiding instruction of an experienced carpenter, to use tools independently and safely.