Woodwork & tools articles
Articles, blogs & news items on the importance of woodworking, traditional crafts & tool use.
Arranged in chronological order, most recent at the top
How To Introduce Tools to Foster Independence
Nice article about toy vs 'real' tools and how to start incorporating tools into your preschool classroom or child's day. Natural Learning, 18 March 2021.
Risky Play With Tools In Schools
Looking at risky play with dangerous tools at home and at school, with examples including carving pumpkins, whittling and playing with hammers and nails. Benefits, including to fine motor skills. Megan Zeni.
10 Forest School Tools Activities
‘Tool play is so important for children, and develops many key skills and abilities. Using tools in forest school allows children to experience danger in the form of risky equipment. It helps them to manage risk, and become completely involved in the activity that they are doing…’ Early Impact, 2019.
Carpenters’ greatest hits: the craft of young woodworkers
“The next generation of craftsmen are putting traditional skills to new uses … Meet some of the carpenters and carvers who are changing the way we think about wood.” The Guardian, 18 February 2018.
How you can protect the future of craft
Explaining The Crafts Council’s manifesto: Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making, which sets out why craft and making is vital to our society, culture and economy, why craft education matters and why it is crucial that we secure it. Folksy, 17 April 2015.