In collaboration with the art class and the engineering class, the library brought in Nick Sciciliano of @craftedbynick to teach life and design lessons in the beauty of repurposing reclaimed wood.
Nick made the wood table in the library that is from a tree that he once removed as part of his tree removal service. Several years ago when he removed a large and old tree, he thought, ” What a waste for a tree that has lived so long to be dead and useless.”
After hours of soul searching, he decided it did not have to be thrown away and life for the tree could continue since wood has many uses. That spark of inspiration was the beginning of his journey into wood crafting.
Nick came to to our school to teach about design, tree life, the environment and trade. He also taught the scholars hands skills, patience and persistence as they drilled, sanded and oiled their own wood cutting boards. Along with the nationwide movement, the library is a strong advocate for makerspaces, creativity and innovation. Many scholars are so stressed out from traditional means of studying, testing and the likes, that they often do not know how to be free and have choice to create.
All boards were either black walnut or mahogany, both extremely desirable and pricey. They were obtained from a felled tree and had to be sliced lengthwise. Nick pointed out the black on the outer edges of the wood were from various factors like rain, temperature, sunlight, disease, etc. Noticeably, when scholars complete physical projects, they often have a better understanding on follow through, working beyond mistakes and overcoming obstacles.
Scholars were excited to be working with their hands and to have a project that could be completed in one period for Valentine’s Day and double as a super dandy gift for mom. Additionally, girls had a chance to use power tools and create their boards as well.
Upon return the next day, I asked scholars what their moms thought of the gift. One scholar told me his dad took it since he does all the meat cutting. Another said mom told him it was too nice for a cutting board and would be used as a serving board. The cutest response came from a student who does not often sit still or complete work. He was thoroughly engaged in the project and even came in the library the next day to tell me the gift was a hit. Beaming from ear to ear, he stated, “My mom said it was the nicest thing I have ever given her!”