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Whether your family has turned to homeschooling, the kids are doing blended learning, or you are simply searching for something to entertain and educate your school-age children, Woodcraft is a source for materials that you may not have considered. From birdhouse and bat house building kits to  3-D model sets that include music boxes, dinosaurs and space rovers, you’ll find a host of materials to meet STEM criteria and provide hours of enjoyment for a range of ages. Together we can create anything!

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“A rare collection of grand craftsmanship” – that’s how Scott Phillips, co-host of The American Woodshop, described the Art of Our Appalachian Woods Exhibition held at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, July 24 through September 6. Scott was a guest judge on behalf of Woodcraft, one of the show’s sponsors. Twenty-nine artists are represented with 70 pieces in the Dairy Barn’s 5,000 square foot gallery. Read more here and see how to take the virtual tour! 

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From flipping flea market finds to building furniture, guitars, woodworking jigs, and pretty much anything that interests her, Tamar Hannah has come a long way in her four-year journey to perfect her building skills without formal training. On her website, 3x3custom.com, Tamar writes, “3x3 Custom started by accident. I was searching for an outdoor storage bench and couldn’t find anything I liked. So I had a crazy idea to build it myself! Instantly, I fell in love with power tools, hand tools and everything in between.” Read more in this Woodworking Adventures blog. 

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If you have an interest in carving and are a visual learner, study sticks are sure to be right up your alley. Fox Chapel Publishing teamed up with renowned woodcarving expert Harold Enlow to release a series of study sticks and companion guides to teach the craft of carving. Each concentrates on a particular style or feature for focused learning, including the Wood Spirit, Santa, Female Face and Cowboy.

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Teri Masaschi writes that the fantastic array of finishing products on the market is what makes learning finishing somewhat complicated.  To help the would-be finisher learn to control the outcome of his or her projects, Teri shares her experiences over 37 years of  “falling into every pitfall and learning how to back out of them” in her book Foolproof Wood Finishing

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Sunday, August 9, is National Book Lovers Day. Reading and books are important parts of most people’s lives, especially in the current Coronavirus pandemic that calls for avoiding crowds and staying close to home. In observance of this event in 2020, we are revisiting a still relevant 2017 Woodcraft Magazine article by Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk about Best Books for Woodworkers. 

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Nothing says “I care” like a gift you make with your hands – from your heart. Woodcraft has an extensive selection of kits, plans and how-to videos and blogs to help the serious gift-giver create a present to remember. And, for the folks who don’t need a kit, Woodcraft offers all the tools, materials and supplies to create a gift “from scratch.”

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“For me, woodwork has always been motivated far more by relationships than by finished projects. I’ve found the best way to get to know people deeply is by joining them doing something they truly love,” Anne Briggs, also known as Anne of All Trades, explains. Learn more about Anne, her path to award-winning blogger and woodworker, and her just say yes philosophy in this Woodworking Adventures blog.  

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Disabilities do not define the individual. JCDC Woodworks in Ravenswood, West Virginia, demonstrates this daily by providing meaningful employment and learning opportunities—through woodworking—to individuals with intellectual, physical and emotional needs. Live edge tables and other household furnishings are carefully crafted one at a time, maintaining the natural edges and wood grain textures found in the Appalachian Mountains. Sales of these pieces help sustain the services offered.

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Make personal safety top priority for home improvement and do-it-yourself projects. Think each project through carefully to be aware of what machines and tools will be used and what protection will be needed to work safely. Then check out the many safety-related products at Woodcraft.

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