Phil I completed the course and am almost finish with the Spatula, I really enjoyed it and don’t consider myself as a newbie. I won’t classify myself as advanced but have worked with wood for over 45 years, mostly using power tools up until about 6 – 7 years ago where I use mostly hand tools now. I like simple smaller projects mainly because of my work space and what my family is requesting.
Thanks for your hardwork along with the rest of the crew.
I think this is a great format to get people going. I have spent half a year with hand tools and I can already tell, that learning comes mostly from doing. There is a lot of theory to be learned, about wood, suitable joints, more techniques, etc., but it is of no use to know all that, if you don’t have the manual skills. So small projects, making useful items, are a good way to practise!
It was very pleasant to work along the lessons and I found the button “accomplished” very interesting: Whenever I pushed it, I checked, that I had really finished that step. By the way, I lied on the last step, I didn’t apply any oil or other finish. I have used boiled linseed oil a lot, so I know, I can do it. However, on this spatula, I’d like a less intensive finish. Perhaps I simply leave it as it is. Anyway, it will be stained by butter, milk, eggs and more sooner or later.
Phil, Had a look at site and at the course. WOW I wish this was around forty years ago when I was at school.
Old woodwork teacher didn’t have the time or inclination to teach as I remember he was always outside smoking
Think you should be pushing this towards the high schools of the UK also.
My son is about to start high school this year so I have done the open evenings of the local schools. Not one of them gives this kind of simple hands on experience. The course is informative, educational and rewarding.
I made two spatula with my son over four years ago and he loved working with the saw and spokeshave. Mum and Grandma still have, and use the spatula regularly. Although I think Grandma is about to frame hers ( only grandson )
Please keep this going, even if it only inspires a handful of young people to pick up hand tools it will be worth it.
Regards to all At WWMC
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