Over the last 3 ½ terms, I have had the joy of working with the will of class 5, 6 and 7 as they have completed their beautiful and functional woodwork projects.
Having taught high school woodwork for 7 years, it has been a wonderful change of rhythm to move into the imaginative and lively space of the Primary School. Each class has bought their own unique vibe and it has been amazing to see the huge variety of pieces crafted by the students. One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching woodwork is that I get to help each individual student engage with their will. This dynamic process is different with every student depending on their project and temperament, but it is always awesome to see their creativity and perseverance in overcoming their challenges.
Class 6 further refined their use of gauges, saws, rasps and chisels to allow cooking spoons to emerge from their native timber slabs. These were made in all shapes and sizes, many with curved handles and ornate decorative details. Students are currently working on bush stools. These stools are made from tree branches and rough sawn slabs with a specific function and purpose in mind.
Class 7 are making moving toys, which tie in with their mechanics main lesson. Each toy is propelled through various forms of mechanical advantage, including the use of levers and detailed rigging. These toys are carved using coping saws and small rasps. Delicate use of drills, sanders, copper wire and fishing line are also needed in order to complete the projects.
It has been a wonderful year and I feel a lot of gratitude to be teaching such vibrant students within such an inspirational environment each day.
Paddy Hocking – Woodwork Teacher