Overview: Students will be introduced to basic woodworking techniques, wire jewelry making and/or wood turning. Emphasis will be on proper use of tools, principles of design, appreciation for fine craftsmanship, and shop safety. You will be introduced to Google SketchUp as a three dimensional design software.
Syllabus: The course is 42 minutes, 5 days per week, for 10 weeks (one quarter). You will work at your own pace to complete a woodworking project. If time permits, you may also do a jewelry project or turn a pen. The first two weeks of the course will be spent learning safe and appropriate use of hand tools for measurement and marking, sawing, planing, and chiseling. There will be a safety/skills test at the end of the second week. In the third week, all students will complete a guided tutorial on three dimensional design before proceeding to the initial project, which will be determined by a majority vote of the class. You will learn the safe and appropriate use of the relevant tools as necessary. There will be a special emphasis on heuristic problem solving.