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.