School and Scouts

School and Scouts

Things are very different for young people at school these days: the world has changed, and education has moved away from lessons using hand tools towards IT and other space-age things I don’t understand ~ but thankfully there seems to be a resurgence in giving pupils opportunities to experience different crafts and art forms, especially outdoors. The carving workshops I’ve led in schools over the years have been enthusiastically received by pupils and staff, and it’s been most rewarding to witness the growth of confidence and sense of achievement spreading through each group of participants.

One such workshop was at Skidby Primary School, near Beverley, East Yorkshire recently; as is usually the format, the pupils designed the carving in a class project. With Skidby being a CE school, the designs followed a similar theme:

Then on to the carving….

And after three days of hard work, the finished piece:

A few days later, I was invited by the 4th Ashby Scouts Group to lead a short session; the time was limited but the young people did well to carve the Scout “fleur-de-lis” emblem on a log. Good fun!