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An Incredible Week of Woodworking!

Last Friday saw the end of an incredible week for six students at my summer Woodworking camp. This is the 6th year that I’ve held this camp and each year end up being a highlight of the summer for the kids.

Our projects this year were Cigar Box Guitars and Infinity Mirrors. The camp is always structured where we start with a warm up project that allows the boys to make simple cuts on a few different tools. Then we move to the more intricate project, in this case a three string cigar box guitar with our own homemade beer bottle slide.

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The parts for our Cigar Box Guitars were purchased from C. B. Gitty supply company and I would highly recommend them. Fast service and quality product (C. B. Gitty)

Each day of camp starts with a morning meeting where we lay out goals for the day and I get input from the campers about how their projects are going, ideas they have, and we can discuss bigger issues like the importance of craft, how they can continue to draw from these skills even when camp is over, and ideas for future camps. Then we head out to the wood shop and get things set up for the day.

The infinity mirror is a cool optical illusion that was once featured on the original Star Trek tv series. The boys made oak boxes with routed slots to hold a mirror on one side, and a one way mirrored plastic on the other. Then they learned some basic soldering to connect a strip of blue LED lights to a power adapter. Once mounted inside the box, the blue LED reflection bounces between the mirrored surfaces to create depth. One camper, after turning his box on said, “I think I’m just going to stare at this forever.” Take that YouTube!

Our main project was the Cigar Box Guitar. Starting with hand selected Red Oak, the kids looked at guitar headstock images and picked the shape that they wanted to make. They cut out templates from clear plastic (so I’ll have them on hand for future years!) and mae the cuts on a band saw. On the first day, they also began the process of getting the necks to fit into the cigar boxes with a coping saw as the main tool of choice.

Day two was used to glue up the infinity mirror boxes and shape the guitar necks. I try to impart to the campers that the joy of woodworking is found in the process as much as the product and that one main goal for the camp is to find the patient person that lives inside themselves. This is an emphasis of the camp that I come back to. Often a student will come to show me their work and I’ll see a bit of a visible scratch on the wood and I’ll mention gently “Let’s see if you can get this last scratch out, you’ll be glad you did.” They always go back and take that little bit more time for a better result.

Making the beer bottle slides was fun! After emptying out the beer bottles…into the sink, the kids learned to use a glass scoring tool to mark the neck where they wanted their slide to begin. Then, wearing thick leather gloves and using a large clamp, they alternated holding the bottle in boiling water and then ice water until the neck popped off the bottle. A heavy dose of sanding created perfect slides to use with the blues!

My favorite part of this camp is that the learning goes beyond just woodworking. First, the kids learn to help each other and share information on how to accomplish different tasks. With this set of projects, the kids also became more interested in blues music, homemade instruments and their history (we watched a documentary on the history of making your own instruments). They also left with a much better understanding of how guitars work, soldering (as I mentioned) and just a whole host of other skills.

There’s such a need in this world to bring back the art of building something for yourself, basic skills of woodworking, and the freedom to design something creatively within a set of instructions. I can’t wait until next summer to run this camp again!

Previous summer woodworking camps have included the following projects: Scroll saw ornaments, ping-pong ball guns, bass tongue drums, cajon box drums, rapid fire rubber-band machine guns, returning boomerangs, and more!

If you’re interested in your child (age 13-18) attending a future camp, please email me at MyDrumLesson@hotmail.com

 

 

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Summer Percussion Camp for Rising 9th Graders

I’m so excited to announce this camp! It will be limited to a maximum of 10 students and there will be a final performance for friends and families at the end of the 3 days.  Click on the Summer Camps button to read more!

 

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Drum Club!

As a drum student of mine, you can come to the monthly drum club. It’s a great time where kids can meet other drummers, perform for each other, and learn some new skills on a Friday night.

Last night’s club was a tribute to the great Neil Peart of Rush. Students performed Rush songs that included “La Villa Strangiato” “YYZ” “Freewill” and “New World Man.” At the end of the night, we did a little Gahu drumming.

If you or someone you know has a child that wants to learn drumming….have them join us! Great things are happening.

 

Summer camps 2018!

This next summer will be one to remember with expanded camps here at my school for the arts. I’ll be teaching two woodworking camps and one percussion camp! Each of these camps will fill quickly, so register soon! Your payment via PayPal and return of the signed waiver reserves your spot.

June 27-29, 2018: Beginner Wood working I (age 11-13 and first time campers)

Projects: Returning boomerangs and Rubber band guns

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Camp Description:                              Camp Waiver:

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Please send waiver forms to: mydrumlesson@hotmail.com

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July 17-20, 2018: Advanced Wood working (age 14-18, first time and returning campers)

Projects: To be announced

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Camp Description:                                          Camp Waiver:

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Please send waiver forms to: mydrumlesson@hotmail.com

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July 25-27: Rising 9th Grade Percussion Camp

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Holiday Lesson Certificate

Looking for a perfect gift for your young musician? Treat them to two 1-hour drum lessons for just $60, that’s half price! This special offer is available to new students only.

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Click here to purchase and I will email a printable certificate to the address associated with your PayPal purchase! Happy Holidays!

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An amazing camp!

Last Thursday saw the conclusion of this summer’s woodworking camp. The five teens who attended spent an intense three days working on their projects and the results were just incredible. The campers ranged in age from 13-17 and all were able to produce remarkable final projects.

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Day 1 started with an overview of the projects and an introduction to basic safety and woodworking. After moving to the shop, we started with safety specifics and each camper demonstrated safe cutting on a variety of tools. Proper use of hand tools was especially important. The first project, a repeating fire rubber band gun, was made primarily with hand tools (although two parts needed a band saw cut and the spindle sander.) Many of the kids would return to this project throughout the camp to add various designs and paint schemes.

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Completed rubber band rifles with bolt action.

Toward the end of the first day we started on the larger build for the camp, a 10-key bass tongue drum. The boys learned everything from the types of wood they were using (walnut, padauk, and red oak) to how to make their own mallets.

 

Making use of the band saw, jig saw, table saw, and many other tools, the campers were able to make high quality tongue drums! To tune them, they carved the underside of each key using a hammer and chisel until the pitch was proper for the scale.

I know that this camp will be something that each attendee will remember forever. The camp ended with a drum circle and chance to show off what they had created to their parents and family!

Click here to sign up for information about next year’s camp.

Here are a few reactions to camp from the kids who attended:

“Not only is Scott an amazing drum teacher, he is an exceptional woodworking instructor. Scott’s ability to teach all ages with various levels of experience is shown through the final project of the camp. When camp ends you will have a smile on your face, new friends, and something that you created with your own hands. ”

– KV, age 17

“It was fun and involved. When you finish, you get something you’re proud of that is high quality. It is very calm and is a good learning experience.”

– HY, age 15

“This camp was really cool. I was nervous at first, but Scott helped me a lot and taught me a lot about safety. I love showing everyone what I made. I definitely want to do this camp again next year!”

      – AB, age 13

“Although it was the first experience with woodworking I had in my life, Scott’s camp was as fun and informative as anything he arranges. Before we began working with the tools, I was reluctant to become involved. Scott and the other campers were all inviting and willing to help, so almost immediately, I was excited to begin working. Camp was fascinating. Woodworking was much more compelling than I would have imagined. The satisfaction of creating something, putting in the effort to make it your own, and feeling the progress as it happened was amazing. I looked forward to attending camp, and I enjoyed sharing my experiences with those who would listen. Furthermore, I should add that the rubber-band gun works well, and the tongue drum sounds fantastic. This was truly an unforgettable experience and an important life skill.”

                                                                           -LB, age 15

 

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I’m already planning the camp for next summer! If your child is between 13-18 years old and interested in joining, contact me at MyDrumLesson@hotmail.com

 

Summer camp 2017! Tongue drums and bird houses.

I’m happy to announce the dates and projects for this summer’s Woodworking camp.

Teens age 13-18 are welcome to attend, and it will certainly be a highlight of their summer.

Camp this summer will run July 25-27 and the kids will start by building a bird house using hand tools. We will discuss what native birds are in need of homes and what designs best suit them. The campers will then proceed by choosing a design, planning, and building a bird house.

Once completed, they will move on to create a 10 note bass tongue drum and mallets. This incredible instrument has a calming and mysterious tone. Tuned with a minor pentatonic scale (which we’ll discuss and learn about) the campers will build from scratch a beautiful instrument to hear and see. The result will be similar to the instrument seen in the YouTube video below:

 

 

The cost of this camp is $250 (or $200 for those currently taking drum lessons with me), which includes three days of instruction in woodworking, all materials, and dinner on the third night around a camp fire where we’ll play our completed instruments with family and friends welcome to attend.

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Registration: If you’re interested in signing your child up for this wood working summer camp, please read and complete the below waiver and email it to Scott.Tiemann@gmail.com

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This camp is limited to 6 participants and it fills quickly each year, so please accept my apologies if the camp is already filled when your Waiver is received. Your child’s spot will be reserved once you’ve paid the camp fee via the Paypal link below. The fee is fully refundable up to 1 week before camp, and refundable minus project materials up to 1 day before camp.

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