Yesterday saw the finish of the final wood working camp for summer 2020. It was an amazing 3 days in the shop. Two good friends attended and had a fantastic time designing and building several projects. Both kids were returning campers, so they know their way around the shop and how to safely use the various tools.
The first project, as it was for all the kids this summer, was a set of shelves for their bedroom. For this group, we used a beautiful piece of heart pine that had been given to me by a friend. Taking the timber from a rough sawn board to something to hang on the wall was quite a process! As you can see, the pine takes a wonderful stain and the final pieces look stunning,
The second project was also repeated at several camps this summer…a dragon design wall art piece. This is actually the lid to a clever chest, but for the middle schoolers we stop at something to decorate the room. They can return later to finish the chest if they want.
Finally, for returning campers, I have the kids pick design and build their own project. One of the kids wanted to build a light box frame for a photo of his Grandfather, Father and himself as a baby. Then he wood-burned their names around the frame. It was such a meaningful project for him! And…the result speaks for itself:
There’s nothing else like a week in a wood shop. The smells of the beautiful wood, the choosing of materials, the planning and the dreaming! I have a talk with each student that this is their week to dream, to build! What do they want their world to look like? Well…make it!
If you have kids who would be interested in learning the skills of wood working, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This fall I’ll be continuing to run weekend and weekday builds for children 13-18 years old. Currently, I prefer a limit of 2-3 in a class that know each other and have already been socializing around each other (siblings, friends, etc.)