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hi there im 14 years old and my dad and grandfather are both woodworkers and between us were working out what to do for my state exam the brief is a welcoming artefact that could be presented to a visitor to your local community was wondering if i could get some advice off a more senior woodwoorker ???

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 03:46 AM

This is difficult to respond to because the whole thing is run together in one sentence. Can you clarify please?
Specifically, clarify “state exam” and “welcoming artifact”. “presented to visitor” where? My community? We have white squirrels. You think maybe make a white squirrel? State exam for what? Happy to help with ideas when the concept is clarified.

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 11:30 AM

It might help people to know more-or-less where you are to understand what might represent your local community. For instance, if you were in Canada, you could work your designs around, or to include, a maple leaf.

Are you limited to wood as the material?

How about intarsia? So many possibilities all within the one technique.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 03:48 AM

You need to write your post more clearly . . .

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 08:30 AM

Don’t let these guys intimidate you. I taught high school English for 27 years, and I think you did okay. Though you could have put a bit more effort into editing, so could a lot of grown up posters on this forum

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 10:12 AM

I agree with runswithscissors. This is a new, 14 year old member asking for help and you’re going a bit hard on him about his grammar? Termiteholocaust, some full stops would help to separate sentences, but you’ll get there.

As a teacher, I’d suggest that the question has been set in a very open manner, so much so that termiteholocaust may not know the answers to what you are asking.

I mean, what is a welcoming artefact? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that an artefact is a “thing” and that it might be welcoming if you were to give that “thing”, as a gift, to someone who has just arrived in your community. So he needs to make something that he could give as a gift to welcome a visitor. I presume it would be best if that “thing” was related to some aspect of his town or community.

State exam? I don’t know that either. But I do know that once he has understood what is required and clarified his mind about what he could possibly do, perhaps with some ideas, suggestions and help from the nice people here on LJ’s, then he needs to buckle down and do it himself because it will be marked as being his own work.

Last things he needs to do is post it here on LJs as a project once it is done – assuming it gets made of wood of course.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 04:51 PM

“artifact that could be presented to a visitor to your local community”

interesting thought, where is your local community? is there some specific things about your community that stand out? these could be recent or historical.

An example could be like north eastern Pa. old was coal mine community. A lot of various trinkets were made with or about coal or the industry of the past.

Amish areas could be hex signs etc.

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 04:56 PM

I’m a school teacher as well. The post should be written better, assuming the kid is not ESL. In that event, if LJs can teach a kid that writing is important whereas his school cannot, then good for LJs.

@termiteholocaust – Please rewrite your question. There’s not much we can do for you as the question is currently constructed.

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 04:58 PM

Yeah, think about your local community and decide what kinds of things are representative of it. They might be plants or animals, or tools, or more abstract symbols.

Then, my advice would be to see how you can make something that incorporates those things, while also being functional. For example, if you were in a community that does a lot of fishing, then a box that could be used to store lures, which has an inlay of fish on it, would probably be a good project.

Good luck with the project!

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