Woodcraft for Homeschoolers

  • Presented By: The Folk School
  • Dates: January 28, 2020
  • Location: The Folk School
  • Address: 2300 Airport Way, Workshop, Fairbanks, AK 99701
  • Phone: (907) 457-1219
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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10 session class – Ages 11-14

Instructor: John Manthei

Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 28 – February 27, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm each session

The goal of this program (in addition to having fun making cool stuff) will be to develop proficiency in a wide range of woodworking tools and techniques and to gain exposure to some of the wondrous resources found in the woods. This kit of skills will be a stepping stone to further explorations into craft of all kinds. As is the case with building almost anything; design, aesthetics, math and physics will play a role. The nature of projects we undertake will be tailored to the evolving skill levels and interests of the students.

The course will include the following elements:

Wood – each class will begin with a brief discussion of one or more important and wondrous characteristics of trees and wood.

Safety – Personal safety and the safe use of hand and basic power tools common in the wood shop will be covered. In addition, the use of safety glasses and hearing protection will be stressed.

Tools – Basic hand and power tools essential in the woodshop will be introduced and used in the creation of specific projects. Hand tools will include tape measure, square, hand saw, draw knife, hammer, drill, screwdriver, files, hand plane, chisels, and knife. Power tools will be limited to electric drill, drill press, scroll saw and band saw.

When most of us think of woodworking we think of boards and
manipulating boards in differing ways to construct an object. In this
program we will begin to appreciate wood and woodworking in a broader context. We will indeed make objects and use boards but we will add in the use of root, bark, possibly fungus, and wood as it comes directly from the tree in all its unique shapes and configurations. We will also gain some experience in working with green wood and steam bending.

NOTE: This class has a partial scholarship available for a student unable to afford the full cost.

Location: Pioneer Park - Workshop

Pre-registration required.

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Woodcraft for Homeschoolers