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The projects in this series were first made by the students at the Clear Spring School, a small independent school in Northwest Arkansas. When my daughter Lucy was a student there, I developed a woodworking program called Wisdom of the Hands. It recognizes the importance of integrating the head and hands in the development of intelligence for all students. My daughter is now in college, but woodworking remains a favorite activity throughout the school. The direct, hands-on problem-solving that goes on in the woodshop helps the kids in all their other classes.
We plan to add more projects like these in the weeks ahead. But these three should get you and your kids or grandkids started.
A Small BoxThis straightforward box with a sliding lid holds pencils, crayons, or markers, of course. But kids can easily make it shorter, longer, wider, or taller to hold other treasures. Kids can also make the box from different hardwoods.Check Out the Box
The T-Rex Made from a single piece of 2×4, this figure is sturdy enough to withstand play. It has moving legs plus a movable jaw with fierce dowel teeth to provide lifelike animation.Check Out the T-Rex
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Carl Swensson's woodworking skills go very, very deep. But they go wide as well.
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
Seamless boxes from a single block of wood
Creating loose, unregulated appearances with gouges
Discover the beautifully carved and painted details of Michael Cullen's bandsawn boxes
Basic dovetailed project is loaded with character
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