Last night I had the pleasure of attending the year-end teacher’s event at my daughter’s school. The host of the event was also their shop (etc) teacher who was also retiring.
His house, which he built himself, is a straw bale house, is off the grid, and has some very amazing features, such as a “river” of wood that runs the length of the second level. Sorry – no pictures of this, I didn’t have my camera at the time – but the winding slabs of wood were pieced together highlighting the extraordinary patterns of lines in the wood. Just amazing. (Someone said the wood was sumac. Don’t know for sure.)
Anyway.. outside I was sitting at a picnic table that he had built (one of several) and I overheard him telling that it was an experiment. No matter where you sit the table it can be adjusted so that the table is always level. Here is a somewhat blurring picture of the base, showing the 4 different adjustments that can be made.
After the meal there were the stories about his career and the things he had done with his students and for the school. One story was of a full-size house that the class built on the front lawn of the school. When complete it was moved and is now someone’s home. Pretty impressive class project, don’t you think??? !!
Just wanted to share—the cool idea for the picnic table – and the inspirational story of a woodworker/teacher.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)