Community Watch: Lie Nielson Toolworks Show, Oct. 21st-22nd

I took my students to the Lie-Nielson Toolworks show being held at the Kellogg Furniture Studio on Fri, Oct. 21st.  My students were able to use some pretty expensive and sweet-working tools from Lie-Nielson and Glen-Drake tools were there.  I especially got a thrill watching a student get pointers from the man that created the tool… Make it safe and keep the rubber side down this weekend. Continue reading Community Watch: Lie Nielson Toolworks Show, Oct. 21st-22nd

Community Watch: Pine Wood Derby Clinics

Saw this during half-time in last week’s Jets-Colts game over at http://www.coptool.com. It seems Lowe’s and Dremel will be sponsoring clinics on how to make Pinewood Derby cars. I may have to take a spin by and see if I can snag a few kits. Might have a week-long science lab project there.  I should at least get two sets.  If only to make one for each son  (they are nineteen months and five days old, don’t gimme the “they need to be involved speech”)… Continue reading Community Watch: Pine Wood Derby Clinics

Community Watch: ReUsed Houses in East Texas

I’m in the middle of a relaxing and surprisingly productive Christmas break and before I show my son’s second XMas gift, I’d like to share my last field trip of the year. I went to visit this guy, with two fellow  teachers and ten kids.  Dan Phillips is a self-taught house builder, plumber & electrician.  He creates houses from recycled material – wine bottles and corks, beer caps, off-cuts from lumber yards and other building waste. He also is blessed with a mind that weaves the long-ago and still relevant philosophies of Nietzsche and Plato into a stellar critique of … Continue reading Community Watch: ReUsed Houses in East Texas