Kids’ Woodworking Classes in the Spotlight
Folks who care about our craft are anxious to see that it’s passed on to younger generations. Here’s a story from yesterday’s New York Times that offers some encouraging news: Parents are finding that classes in basic woodworking and carpentry offer their little ones great lessons in self-reliance, imagination and resourcefulness. And programs offering this kind of experience are popping up all around the country.
Among the pioneering teachers cited in the article is FWW frequent contrbutor Doug Stowe, whose classes at The Clear Spring School in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, have been teaching woodworking to kids for the last decade.
Stowe tells The Times that “There is a real awakening going on,” about the value of teaching kids hands-on skills.
Check out the videos and the slide show with the article, too. My favorite is a very proud 5-year-old with his newly completed toy ambulance. Enjoy!
A similar program teaches kids at The Randall Museum of San Francisco.
The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Boston is one of several places around the country offering woodworking instruction to young kids.