Learning the art of fine woodworking is clearly an endless (but rewarding, and possibly addictive) process. Lewis explains, “There’s a big difference between carpentry and fine woodworking.” He’s retired now, but says that “as a general contractor, 1/8-inch was tight; in fine woodworking, you measure down to ½ millimeter.”
CONROE, TX (August 7, 2013) – Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Discovery College is building children’s minds—literally, after a successful week of Woodworking Camp! Part of the productivity is due, however, to the generosity of the Magnolia/West Woodlands Home Depot, which donated most of the supplies.
During the camp session, held July 29-August 1, the group of 7- to 10-year-olds hammered their very own toolbox and added the finishing touches with a soldering iron and paint. Keith Godfrey, the camp session instructor, led the students on the construction project, which was modeled after a toolbox his boys had built 16 years ago.
Such projects are a win-win for the Guild. Not only are volunteers giving back to those in the community who are in need, they’re expanding their fine woodworking skills by learning from (and teaching) each other. Lewis favors hands-on learning over book learning when it comes to the art of fine woodworking. With someone by your side, they can say “You gotta get your elbow in more, and that kinda thing.”
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery .
The 400-plus member Oregon Guild recently moved into the shop belonging to fine woodworker Patrick O’Neill’s Greenline, just off the Multnomah Village main street. In the new location and with the new top of the line facilities (they used to rent space by the hour at various high school woodshops), the Guild will be able to amp up its offerings.