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Two of my 5th-grade students working on their projects. While one of them is sanding a basswood fish the other is giving his walanut butter knife a finishing touch with very fine sandpaper.

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, I was obligated to change my curriculum and put our traditional shop work on hiatus. Since I wasn’t able to use our benches, vises, and clamps I had to lighten up the projects, forgo the use of gouges, mallets, and chisels, and come up with mainly whittling projects that could be realized in the classrooms and on the students’ desks. 

While most of these projects had to do with carving animals I recently introduced a small butter knife to our menu. What is unique about the butterknife project is the technique that the children in grades 4th and 5th shape it. Instead of whittling knives, we use a set of needle rasp which are surprisingly effective and safe.


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