DCD’s Woodshop is a cross-curricular space in which children gain technical, conceptual, creative, and social skills.
What is so unique and powerful about this space is that every child from pre-k to grade 8 has an opportunity to design and build a wide range of projects, ranging from utilitarian to sculptural, in a timeless medium. Our youngest students begin with basic hand tools while our older students learn to operate power tools and machines in the middle school grades.
Throughout their years in the Woodshop, students develop confidence and coordination, skills that extend beyond this space. Being a designer and builder becomes not simply a one-off activity, but an element engrained in each student’s identity.
Students leave the Woodshop empowered – they understand the beauty of wood, how to use tools, and with an ability to design and build projects for their needs and those around them.
Equity, Multicultural Education, and Social Justice
The work we do in the shop is rooted in Equity, Multicultural education, and Social Justice. Looking at woodcraft from communities all around the world, from Indigenous peoples to the growing population of female woodworkers today, we discuss how woodworking has played a critical role in civilization. Historical and contemporary stories often inspire the work that we do and often lead us to think about and practice how we use the valuable skill of carpentry to help others.