The GMS wood shop combines traditional woodworking methods with problem solving, tinkering, and expressing one’s vision through wood. Students gain confidence in using a wide variety of hand and power tools. Projects begin with raw lumber and are transformed into both functional and sculptural pieces of long-lasting artwork.
As sixth graders, students learn about different types of wood, the origins of their building materials, and how to manage both tools and time in the woodshop. Sixth grade projects include making honey dippers and cutting boards. Students learn to use the bandsaw, drill press, and lathe to construct these projects confidently and safely.
Students in seventh grade explore more complicated forms of design and engineering, incorporating both metal and wood into their projects. The students think about both the aesthetics and the practicality of connecting these two materials. This project allows more freedom to create and at the same time more room for problem solving.
By eighth grade, students can choose between multiple projects including a self-designed clock, a bandsaw box, or a detailed lathe bowl. These projects are more complex than the earlier ones, and allow more design choices. Students have the freedom to complete one of these structured projects, or to take on the challenge of designing their own.