Link of the week

Materials Technology Wood

One of the saddest things to see is the reduction of the number of wood shop programs that have been closed in middle and high schools. It’s as if school planners believe that every student can’t be ‘successful’ without going to to a university.

Wouldn’t it be great to see a wood shop curriculum online?  That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Materials Technology Wood site.

Created by Tony Sheridan at the University of Limerick in Ireland, the site  is a resource for teachers of the Irish junior certificate with particular emphasis on practical skills development through the design and manufacture of woodworking projects.

Logically designed, the site offers excellent primers on safety, basic joinery and projects based on skill level.  It’s an interesting site to brush up on some basics, get an idea for projects and to develop a plan to develop the skills of a budding woodworker in your life.

4 thoughts on “Link of the week”

  1. I see a third year project is a lamp. It doesn’t have to be an elephant lamp does it? Cause in high school, I was supposed to make a lamp when you pull on it’s trunk the lamp would come one. I just kept trying, but the stupid lamp wouldn’t light. So I failed. I can’t have an F, I can’t have it and I know my parents can’t have it! Even if I aced the rest of the semester, I’m still only a B. And everything’s ruined for me!



  2. I have said for years that not every High school student is college material and we need to have more Vo Tech type schools. Just because a student isn’t good at learning in a class room doesn’t mean that he is not smart or able to contribute to society.
    It seems that governments overlook this fact and it is up to private businesses to provide the learning institutions for this type of education. Too bad because I think this type of education would be a great help with the governments program of a “No child left behind.” and we could have allot more productive workers instead of lawyers.


  3. I loved shop class in school.
    My teacher Mr oaks was tough but really helpful.
    I wish they’d bring more of this type of curriculum back to our schools.

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