Worthington Elementary School Visits Woodcraft

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In an ongoing partnership in education program with Worthington Elementary School, Woodcraft was once again visited by over forty 5th graders for Shadow Day. Check out our blog entry from last year’s visit for additional information. In the spring each year, all 5th grade students participate in the “Job Shadow Hour” process. This process takes approximately 1-1/2 months. It begins with Woodcraft making available to Worthington students a description of the various jobs in its company and supplying an application just as if they were applying for a position for employment. Worthington teachers then work with students to fill out the application properly and submit it in a timely manner. The next step in the process is for several employees of Woodcraft to come over to the elementary school and conduct interviews with students one on one for the positions they were interested in. All students are selected for a position. After this, a day is set aside and the students from Worthington have a field trip day over to Woodcraft.

The kids are paired with employees in the vocational departments that they were interested in. Each of those volunteering departments “shadow” the children for 1 hour, provide a tour and explanation of responsibilities enabling the kids to experience the day to day operations of Woodcraft. Photo left is the group which visited the Call Center and the Woodcraft Magazine areas.

Joe Oliverio, Worthington Elementary Principal stated, “Our students come back to school with a new perspective for the application and interview process in obtaining a job and also a greater appreciation for our partner in education, Woodcraft.”

For most of us on the Woodcraft team, work is not work at all, but actually means getting up every morning and having fun everyday at our workplace. Sometimes that workplace is in product development or customer/technical support helping our customers.

For this blogger, my place is having fun out in the world meeting artisans, getting educated with new tools and vendors, traveling to the Woodcraft stores, attending wood shows, or visiting woodworkers in their shops across the nation. One of my favorite places to be is in our Woodcraft woodshop. During this particular Shadow Day, I decided to bring my assigned kids into the woodshop for a little demo on pen turning.

The kids had many questions, but were proud of making a pen for their Principal, Joe Oliverio.

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I introduced them to the items which make up pen building and turning products, including the lathe and the importance of safety first in the woodshop. Some of the products used in creation of this pen are shown below.

I started out with Purple Heart Wood Blanks, Item #06R84A,

Using the Easy Wood Mini Finisher, the carbide tipped tool turned the pen blank with ease on the Delta Midi Lathe,

Sanding with Abranet followed by Micro-Mesh, brought out the best in the wood blank,

For the first time I tried General Finishes Wood Turners Finish. It left the pen with a great shine, yet left the pen intact with the wood feel,

I chose to couple the brilliance of the pen blank color with the Bright Copper Ballpoint Pen Kit,'

Here are the finished results.

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Our video is inclusive of the children’s Shadow Day visit to the Woodcraft Woodshop and turning the purple heart pen.

Our friend Scott over at The American Woodshop created a video regarding the Shadow Day Project for Woodcraft’s Partner in Education – Worthington Elementary, check it out HERE!

Please come back for another Woodworking Adventure, here at the Woodcraft Blog,

auf Wiedersehen…Frank

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