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Hi there!

I am a single mother of (almost) 9 year old son and daughter twins and I am hoping someone out there will know someone that might offer classes. I took a woodworking class in school when I was their age and it was a fantastic experience I would like my children to share. I am not looking for anything complicated, I made a cutting board and a chess board, just something that they could do and work on. We are in the Augusta, GA area.

Thank you in advance for any and all help with this :-)

Stephanie


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#1 posted 412 days ago

I don’t know if there are Home Depots where you are, but they do (or did) offer a childrens workshop kind of thing every Saturday morning.

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#2 posted 412 days ago

I teach but I’m to far away.

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#3 posted 412 days ago

Not living in your area not sure who sells woodworking tools but you might give them a call and ask. My 1st experience in woodwork was junior high shop class. Another place to ask is maybe adult ed class, to see if they know of any kids woodworking classes. Good luck

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#4 posted 412 days ago

Stephanie,

Do you know if there is a Woodcraft Store in your area? Different locations have different classes, so you may be able to check with them to see if they have a class for the young and if not, they will know a lot of woodworkers in the area and woodworking clubs. All could be good sources for classes.

I applaud you for wanting to introduce your son and daughter to the wonderful world of woodworking at such an early age.

Good luck.

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#5 posted 412 days ago

Another great resource that I put time into in my area is Community Ed. Call your local school/school board and ask them to be put on a mailing list for thier upcoming class schedule. All kinds of subjects pop up.
Good Luck!!!

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#6 posted 412 days ago

Looks like you have both Lowes and Home Depot. They both have workshops for kids on Saturdays.

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#7 posted 411 days ago

Double check with the schools in your area. Some might still have a shop class in the Technology Education Department. (Look for things labeled manufacturing as they have sometimes been re-named) Or as Jerry mentioned many schools have Community Ed courses available that might include shop type classes

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#8 posted 410 days ago

I use to teach woodworking, sad to say it is no longer a class. Now that most of the schools have emptied their shops the new governor wants to stress alternatives to the “everybody needs to go to college”. I do not like most of his ideas but I like the one that will bring back the shop classes. It is a little late for me to go back to teaching industrial arts, I have two years to go. You could be lucky they may still offer industrial arts at the middle school. Until then I would try Home Depot or some other retail out that offers things for kids.

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#9 posted 410 days ago

Consider getting the kids into 4-H, they tend to do more projects related to hand work than Scouting. My boys are in scouts, and when we go to the State Fair – the 4H crafts and rockets and robots are impressive.

not to pick nits…. but on the Tech ed and industrial arts side.
I don’t really recall ever having “shop class” in the 3rd grade.

Ditto on the Lowes/Home Depot Saturdays, as well as woodcraft.
They may really enjoy penturning. You have a complete/useful item they can show their friends within an hour or two.

I took my kids to Marc Adams School in Indianapolis for weekend workshops, as 9 year olds.
Son did the skateboard class
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Daughter did Shaker oval boxes

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#10 posted 389 days ago

Wow!

Thank you all for your responses, I have a lot of ideas and leads. I really wasn’t expecting many responses because I’m new here, but I’m really grateful!!

Thanks again,
Stephanie

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#11 posted 388 days ago

Stephanie

I just did a search in your area under the www.meetup.com and wasn’t able to locate a woodworking group, we have one in the area I live in and there’s a teacher that does classes every Sat but might keep an eye out, also try googling in your area for wood shop classes and the like.

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#12 posted 388 days ago

Have you seen the LJ classes?

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#13 posted 388 days ago

Hope you find classes for them. Maybe you can put together a small shop for the 3 of you can work together.

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#14 posted 388 days ago

Highland Hardware in Virginia Highlands in Atlanta is a fantastic store that attracts some of the best instructors. I didn’t know about it until I moved away, but even in Boston I have heard people talk about it.

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#15 posted 388 days ago

Around here, it is the Adult Classes at the Local JVS school. I took adult carpentry classes one year, back in the 80s, and wound up as an assistant teacher. I think they still have those Adult classes out there, too.

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