High School Woodworkers 2011 in Texas, Do You Measure Up?

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Project by Pimzedd posted 04-04-2011 07:14 PM 5800 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I did a year ago, I am posting woodworking projects completed by Texas high school students. The projects were in competition this past week at the Texas SkillsUSA State Conference. (NOTE: SkillsUSA used to be known as VICA). Again I am posting them to answer some comments I had seen concerning the loss of woodworking classes in schools. As you can see, we still have some very active programs in Texas. The programs are vocational/career education programs, typically either Cabinet Making or Building Trades classes.

The students may enter a project built in class, either singly or as a group. All projects were completed this school year. Each project was entered at a district level competition and if judged to be of acceptable quality, it advanced to the state conference.

The first three projects, the head board, table, and desk, were chosen as Best of Show. The other projects are other examples of the work. There were probably over 200 entries at the state contest.

I will be posting a blog with the same title that will show many more photos of the student’s work.

I hope you are as impressed with the quality of the work of these high school students as I am. I believe it is outstanding. Given the opportunity and the right teacher, students can accomplish great things.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 07:35 PM

Wow is all I got to say.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 07:46 PM

I like the fourth photo


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#3 posted 04-04-2011 07:50 PM

You sure this is from Texas? Being from Texas myself, I don’t find the style typical of Texan furniture, large, stars, rustic and all. I’m of course kidding, and the pieces are fantastic!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 04-04-2011 07:53 PM

As a former Vocational Teacher and VICA advisor, please add my congratulations and tell your students that every time they succeed they are helping to eliminate the negative stereotypes that are so often placed on Vocational Students.
Excellent Work!!


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

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 08:01 PM

I wouldn’t want to go up against any of those kids in a competition!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 08:05 PM

Great stuff. I like both desks, but the one w/ the hutch is very nice. No, I definitely don’t measure up—LOL!

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 08:11 PM

Lew, sadly they are no longer my students. I retired after 40 years in Aug., 34 teaching and 6 as a Career Education administrator. I just keep showing up at contest to help out. Gets me back face to face with some great kids. Going to the national competition in Kansas City in June,

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#8 posted 04-04-2011 08:15 PM

Glad to see woodworking is still alive in some schools. I saw my woodshop teacher recently and said the skills that kids have ( or lack of) is completely different than 10 years ago when I was there. They can barely cut a board to a certain length. Those projects look fantastic and I like the Texas style. I was in VICA for machining and took first place for state, and that was the last year for the machine shop at my high school. They sold the whole shop and turned it into a computer lab. At least they still have woodshop… for now.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#9 posted 04-04-2011 08:40 PM

I LOVE that bed frame! Those kids have some real skills…

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#10 posted 04-04-2011 08:49 PM

WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! The bed and desk and everything is just fantastic! So much to be proud of here!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 02:15 AM

I’m seriously blown away!! -that desk…! ALL of it!!! -amazing!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#12 posted 04-05-2011 02:55 AM

Love the star

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#13 posted 04-05-2011 05:42 AM

Glad to see HS shop class is still alive and well in Texas. Those were some of the best days of my life! I was so sad when my school dropped the program as many schools have. Working for a manufacturing company now it is amazing how hard it is to find people that can simply read a tape measure.

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#14 posted 04-12-2011 01:44 AM

Ummmmm…. nope.

-- Carl, Iowa

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