Pupils get lessons in life skills, woodwork from guild members
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.
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.