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“I Like It Better Here”

We accept new students at YouthWork and Learn throughout the year.  Here’s what our latest student says about his first days with us:

“My first two weeks at Smokey House were exciting.

IMG_0052Monday, we completed work on the workbench. I did sanding, polyurethane, and built the shelf.

 

IMG_0136On Wednesday, Robin taught us how to do chip carving.   We did the map of New England on the pond.  We measured the lines on ice, drew them with sticks, and covered them with fire ash.  Friday, we made boxes out of pine and we cut down little trees to make wood mauls.

IMG_0197On Monday, we went rock climbing at the Green Mountain Climbing Center in Rutland. It was pretty good.  I want to go back.  The only thing I hated about it was the shoes, because they’re so tight, they’re uncomfortable.   We went to Subway for lunch.

 

Today,  Lucas made chicken cordon bleu, and it was amazing!  We did more decorations on the boxes, and some people made wood mauls.IMG_0214

 

My old school was pretty boring.  This school is hands-on projects and learning. I like it better here.”

– By Scott

A New Workbench for TTC at Smokey House

Up to now we’ve made good use of old desks and tables for our projects in the classroom barn, but under the guidance of teacher-carpenter Robin Chesnut-Tangerman we have built a sturdy workbench to make our projects easier to manage.  We’re really proud of the end result!

Design came first, followed by measurements and cutting lists.

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We glued and screwed two layers of plywood together, built the frame, sanded and polyurethaned.
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IMG_0123We took the drawers off an old desk and installed them at one end of the workbench.  We bought a new lockable tool chest for the other end.

The boards for the shelving under the bench came from an old table that we tore apart, cut, and sanded.  We also made shelves for the end wall.  Underneath, we used flooring remnants to protect the old carpet.

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The finished product!