Students of Steiner School in Wales showed remarkable woodworking skill in designing and building a traditional Inuit canoe. What is remarkable is that they used the same traditional techniques that Inuits have used over thousands of years. As a matter of fact, they designed and built a 22-foot kayak right from the beginning. This was no mean task that it was a 100% reconstruction of a kayak from 1923.
It took the students several months to make the kayak providing them with ample opportunity to develop practical skills. The taste of the pudding, of course, lies in its eating and the pupils had to see for themselves, how good their reconstructed Kayak canoe, all of the 22 feet long would be in the water.
So they took it the Llandaff rowing club and launched it on the water, and everything went beautifully. In today’s highly automated times where everything is computer designed, it is both fun and educative for children to find out how technology was used and deployed in the past.
Importantly it taught them a lesson that one can create perfectly functional equipment by deploying the most basic of resources-wood and basic carpentry tools in this case. The joy and satisfaction that the students of this Welsh school felt at their success was apparent for all to see. It is really up to parents and teachers to take steps like this woodworking experiment to make our children discover a world beyond computers and smartphones.
In any case, woodworking is a great skill to learn considering that it can prove to be a very fulfilling and satisfying hobby. Hopefully, some of these children would consider cultivating it and creating many more traditional and modern masterpieces. Woodworking has existed since times immemorial, and it was ships built by master craftsmen of the past that led to the discovery of the continents of the new world.