Q) Why is creative wood craft educational and what is its value to my child ?
A) Coming from a world where the primary kinds of wood a child is exposed to are either plywood or chipboard, the wood craft classes conducted by us allow participants to touch, feel and understand grain patterns, bark and also see the inside of trees, something they typically can’t experience.
Moreover children are taught the concept of sanding and handling basic power tools besides being allowed to be creative using colors. This makes wood craft an advantageous educational session compared to painting on paper or other medium with a variety of life skills and knowledge taught.
Q) Why do we charge the way we do ?
A) Our wood pieces are procured and cut in house, rigorously inspected to prevent any insect damage and dried before being used for art work. As such, we do incur costs from these processes and hence the pricing as quoted.
Q) Is it dangerous for my child to do wood craft ?
A) The pieces used for kids are splinter free and only bark is present which the kids are taught to remove if they want to. Bark typically crumbles when pulled and comes out in neat pieces therefore there is no danger in that aspect. Participants are also taught sanding using sand paper in our classes and this helps to remove any rough or sharp edges.
Q) Is it dangerous to use the scroll-saw or power drill when doing wood craft ?
A) Kids as young as 8 can safely use the scroll saw as it is a simple to use machine while using a single saw-blade. The power drill used is a portable power drill and while participants are shown how to fix the drill bit, they aren’t allowed to fix it themselves or drill without assistance. As such there will always be a facilitator holding the drill while the participants may squeeze the trigger and power it.
Q) Will the wood pieces rot away if left at home ?
A) The wood pieces provided are dried though upon painting become wet or moist and have to be left in the open and the paint thoroughly allowed to dry. As with any other wood pieces, undried moist wood will support fungal growth or when kept in a closed damp environment.
Q) Why is the wood used in different classes of differing types?
A) As the wood we procure comes from various different trees, the grains and even the wood may appear different. We do however stick to fixed sizes while wood type differs depending on the tree type.
Q) Where can I sign up for creative wood craft classes ?
A) Currently our classes are conducted primarily with camp providers such as SOMOS Summer Camp however you may sign up with us for private classes (more costly due to travel charges to and fro) or a pre-booking where we have a session once a minimum number of 10 sign up. The venue will be updated accordingly upon successful signups.