This week, my Building Construction Technology classmate Maher Farag heads to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the 53rd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Maher is a brilliant carpenter, who never ceases to dazzle our class at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville with his cabinetmaking skills. He designs complex furniture in his head, without sketches; … Continue reading Meet Our SkillsUSA Team: Maher Farag
From week to week, construction class pings back and forth between gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Some weeks we are outside building a shed or siding a building; other weeks we are in the workshop crafting furniture. I suspect this alternation is similar to cross-training for athletes. It's good to practice all the … Continue reading Relax…You’re Supposed to Relax.
Today, we set out to make Adirondack chairs. Our instructor gave us plans and a stack of lumber and told us to have at it. Having seen my carpenter classmate construct an exquisite tiny rocking chair for his young daughter only days ago, I quickly glommed onto him as a teammate. Meanwhile, four other guys … Continue reading Chairs that Rock