Back At Teaching...This Time With Wood #1: Introduction

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Blog entry by PGreene posted 03-16-2009 03:07 AM 1131 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have embarked on a pretty important project and I guess it was worthy of blogging about. I’m not sure how many people will read this, but I’ll have it for myself to appreciate I guess. For the past five years i have been a high school teacher and track coach. This year i have returned to Graduate school to earn my masters degree in school administration. Since I have been back in college I have had a lot of time in the shop and it has been really enjoyable. The down side is that i have really misse teaching. Recently I was approached by a former student of mine that is now a senior in high school. Immanuel wanted to know if I would be his mentor on a woodworking project. How could I say no?

Immanuel had to complete a research project before he began and he chose to research Shaker furniture. I gave him some ideas and he really took off with it. He can already point out the characteristics and knows a little about basic finishing from his reading. Today I showed him around the shop and we sat down to plan the piece he will build. Immanuel decided that he really wanted to build a shaker aromire. I actually tried to talk him out of it by telling him that this would be far more than the 15 hours that was required of him, but he insisted. We drew up some plans and I showed him the difference in rails and styles and flat pannels versus raised ones so that he could make some decisions on what he wanted. We even found a pre-made Sketchup model that was really close to our design. What he went with was a cabinet with three lower drawers, all flush, and two flat pannel doors. We ordered our hardware from Lee Valley today as well. We decided to build the cabinet from pine, mainly becasue it is cheap and I have quite a bit that from a tree I had sawed a couple of years ago. I’m really lloking forward to teaching again, and hopefully Immanuel will enjoy the process as well.

-- Patrick

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#1 posted 03-16-2009 03:52 AM

Some are born to teach and no matter which direction you decide to take, teaching will always be a part of you- and maybe the most satisfying part. You wouldn’t be the first school administrator to find the classroom was more fulfilling.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 05:30 AM

I look forward to see how the both of you fair….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 03-16-2009 05:36 AM

You will never be sorry for the time you spend teaching Immanuel and will probably acquire a life long friend, good going. Please do a series on this?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 03-16-2009 12:48 PM

I’ll definately be doing a series on this…hopefully wish pics next time. Thanks guys.

-- Patrick

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#5 posted 03-16-2009 03:36 PM

That is realy cool and I look forward to seeing the progress. It is a blessing when you make a differance in someone’s life.

Thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 02:28 AM

Thank you for being Immanuel’s mentor and thanks for blogging your experience here.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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