Pupils get lessons in life skills, wood­work from guild mem­bers

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Schools no longer teach wood­work so the men at the Manawatu¯ Wood­work­ers Guild de­cided to teach school kids the ba­sics.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber and tu­tor Al­lan San­son says wood­work is a dy­ing art.

“I used to love get­ting out in the shed as a kid and mak­ing things.”

Co-or­di­na­tor Mike Smith and Al­lan say they're teach­ing a life skill and they've watched how some of the stu­dents ap­proached the tasks.

“We're fill­ing a space and help­ing the com­mu­nity,” San­son said.

The group has been hold­ing the one­week hol­i­day class for five years now and places are at a pre­mium.

The Oc­to­ber 8-12 class is al­ready full.

‘We’re

fill­ing a space and help­ing the com­mu­nity.’

Smith says the class is pop­u­lar and there's a wait­ing list if any­one was un­able to at­tend.

There's a lot of prepa­ra­tion work for the four wood­work tu­tors.

Carv­ing birds or fish is messy and cre­ates a lot of noise.

Gary Spar­row will teach his group of four how to make a bowl on a lathe and four stu­dents will use a scroll saw to cut a jig saw.

The other four stu­dents will use ham­mer and nails to as­sem­ble a stool which will also re­quire mea­sur­ing the wood be­fore as­sem­bling.

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