Doug Stowe: Wisdom of the Hands
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
The photo shows Lucky with his long-board, a project we started before the Covid pandemic and carried proudly home yesterday where he plans to add trucks. He's welcome to bring it back later if he needs further help. It is exciting to get back to regularly teaching kids in person in the wood shop at the Clear Spring School. Covid case loads in our county have fallen to less than one case per week. So the horizon looks hopeful.
Lucky said he wanted his long-board to look like a surfboard. I think he got that effect. The project was a fun one. And even without the added trucks provides evidence of learning and pride of accomplishment. The students selected strips of wood of different species that I provided, glued them up in patterns that they arranged, and then designed their long-boards.
Yesterday I presented my high school students with an alternate technique for grinding spoon carving knives, using an angle grinder and a wooden fixture held in the vise.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Today my Kindergarten students will have their first weekly lesson in the wood shop at the Clear Spring School. We're off to a late start due to Covid-19 precautionary delays.
We'll make cool color wheels. Unlike the color wheels used by artists, these are made of wood and the wheels can be spun to visually mix colors. The project includes sanding, nailing, drilling, assembly and decoration.
This was a favorite project introduced in 2018 and remains a project that even older students enjoy.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Yesterday my Kindergarten students made color wheels, a project that had some hammering for the first time.
"Make, fix and create. Assist others in learning likewise."
*This blog is dedicated to sharing the concept that our hands are essential to learning- that we engage the world and it's wonders, sensing and creating primarily through the agency of our hands.