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Carve My Name

8 Apr

Carve My Name

I took ten young novice woodworkers from stick whittling to letter carving in a day at the Graves Discovery Centre at Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield. Only two minor injuries to this doughty band of 8 to 12 year olds – both small nicks to fingers from sharp chisels – meant that about 0.1 of a mil of blood was shed. A fair investment for ten young people to walk away confident that they can wield a mallet and chisel to good effect. The small Gods of the Wood will approve I am sure if even one of these novices develop an interest in woodwork. The day was made all the more entertaining by the presence of local volunteers, green woodworking at the centre, keeping a weather eye on my charges and making them feel part of an ancient heritage. Young an old working together bound only by the discipline of working the grain of hard wood. They can carve their names with pride.

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