There have been a few posts lately about Teaching/Inspiring young folks in woodworking. Over the years I’ve worked with church youth groups, assisted a junior high band teacher and coached volleyball. Each experience was more rewarding than work. As it turns out, I actually like working with kids.
Now, I’m not the greatest woodworker, but I do know a thing or two; certainly enough to pique the interest of young folks. Shop class (or Industrial Arts) is pretty much a thing of the past and I believe that there is a deficiency in the education of our kids as a result. The ability to work with your hands requires a type of thought that you don’t always get with Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic.
The recent posts about teaching and inspiring have impressed upon me the need and desire to pass on what I know and share the enjoyment that comes from a completed project. So, I hearby resolve to develop the resources; lesson plans, skills, etc. to establish a youth woodworking class.
My plan is to document the process here in the hope that when it is complete it will be useful for anyone else who might have a similar interest. Additionally, I plan to steal as much information as I can from the folks here because, well, there’s just so much expertise here. I will gladly take any suggestions, ideas, plans, pointers or anything this group is willing to give.
At this point in time, I have little but an idea. I figure by putting it here I’ve said something publicly and as a result will be held accountable for following through. Wish me luck.
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