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#1 posted 11-01-2017 06:05 PM

FYI, the url in your signature isn’t working.

I don’t know the situation so I can only make broad generalizations but I wouldn’t use videos at all. I would pick a project, put tools in their hands, and teach them how to make it. Kids watch enough TV/videos outside of school and get enough tests/discussion in school. When I was in school, we had a nicely equipped shop but had to buy our wood. We could buy it from the shop teacher or bring it in, but the school did not supply wood. So that is one way to offset costs. There is a book called Woodwork Visualized, that is basically a shop class in book form, that may or may not be helpful to you. It is hand tool centric, but nothing wrong with that.

But, opinion aside, there are a ton of free woodworking videos on Youtube. The Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking videos are excellent but may be too dry for kids. Frank Howarth makes woodworking videos with a touch of Pixar which might appeal to kids, mine like them. You might try Steve Ramsay, his videos are beginner oriented, his methods safe, and he is a personable guy. PBS has many episodes of The Woodwright’s Shop online which also emphasizes handtools and Roy is very entertaining. The New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abram is not hard to find for free online.

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