Beginning in the fifth grade, students work on imaginative and creative projects which enable them to begin to develop skills with the medium and the tools. In the sixth and seventh grade a study of archetypal forms comes alongside the creation of spoons, simple propellers, bowls, and small boxes amongst other inventive imaginative work of their own. They continue through eighth grade to develop mature skills with woodshop tools while at the same time continuing to school imagination and skillfulness of hand in more difficult work. The teacher attempts to awaken a feeling for the combination of usefulness and beauty in the making of objects.
The correct usage of saws, rasps, gouge and mallet, spoke shave, draw knife, drills, and carving knife are demonstrated and practiced, as well as simple finishing techniques of sanding and applying an oil or beeswax finish. Wood is a challenging medium, and the children gain an understanding for planning steps in making something. They also experience how to repair mistakes and create new solutions.
Understanding the nature of trees, developing a sense for form, and learning to work within a safe woodshop environment are some of the other important topics taught in woodwork.