Students in all grades pursue projects of their own choosing. This open curriculum is designed to motivate students while promoting creativity and independence in the shop.
In their early years, students are taught to safely use the most basic tools, such as the sanding block, hand drill, hammer, coping saw and rasp. Over the years, as students’ skills improve, and as their projects become more complex, they are taught more sophisticated techniques. In the fifth and sixth grades, additional hand tools, such as gouges and pull saws, are introduced, as well as the drill press. Students in the seventh and eighth grades may use the bandsaw, scroll saw and sabre saw, when necessary.