When a student enters the wood shop, she is welcomed into a space where she can use her hands, mind, imagination, senses of beauty and proportion, will power, and simple tools to create something beautiful. She is invited to look forward to the pride and satisfaction that her completed project will eventually bring. She is looking forward to success.
Woodworking requires that the maker engage all of his faculties in an integrated manner to transform organic material into something beautiful and useful. It requires purpose, patience, concentration, and commitment. Woodworking can also be fun! Social interaction is common and welcome, as long as it is not distracting or disruptive. Tools, especially ones that are cared for and well-maintained such as the ones we use, can be both highly satisfying and dangerous, and we work within clear safety guidelines, conscious of protecting ourselves and the others around us.