When I was in junior high, the woodshop teacher was this creepy old
guy with a couple fingers half-missing. He smelled kind of like a mix
between rotten cabbage and wet sawdust. Anyway, there were multiple
times when he held me after class and touched me in VERY inappropriate
ways. Just the thought of those weathered stumps of fingers still
makes me shiver in revulsion. I am wondering if anyone else here has
had similar experiences. I know it is hoping too much to ask if anyone
had the exact same teacher, although if any of you are indeed out
there, please send me an email so we can discuss it.
Your friend in Christ,
My secondary school woodwork/metalwork teacher was a guy called Sid Porter.
He was a real craftsman with a passion for wood. Around 70% of the class
had no interest in wood and he had little time for them. However, if any of
us showed the slightest spark, nothing was too much trouble for him.
Although I've learned a lot in the 40 years since, every day I still apply
the lessons that I first learned from Sid. He was the first man I ever
heard say "Measure twice, cut once", and I lusted after his Stanley 5C (we
students only got the old wooden jack planes).
Sorry your experience wasn't as good.
My shop teacher was my favourite teacher out of all of them. That's
where i first had a love affair with the wood lathe. i actually liked
the metal lather more. But high school only had one and you were
always being pressed to finish your project. I now have my own wood
lathe but can still remember students loosing projects that came off
the lathe in a hurry. I think my all-time favourite shop project was a
gun stock for a .22 that i cut out and carved to the right size. I
took "shop" for three years and enjoyed every minute.
Ken in NS
My best friend and I were taking shop in our freshman year of high school.
My buddy was sanding a dowel rod, a piece of sand paper wrapped in his hand
stroking the rod in an up and down motion. The shop teacher walked up and
watched him for a few moments and commented, " Gee Glenn, I see you've had a
lot of practice at that."
Needless to say that 'Glenn's' face turned bright red as he denied the
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My 8th grade shop teacher wanted me held back a year. I wouldn't work
hard enough at the projects to suit him. I wish he could see what
kind of work I produce today.
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