FHS offers variety of woodshop classes

February 1, 2013

The multi-faceted program in place at Farwell High School for the past 4 years features several class offerings and opportunities for students who desire to be involved in hands-on projects.

Jeff Thompson, who teaches Woodshop classes, had a desire to provide various class offerings for students.  It is definitely a “something for everyone” program, and has been very well received by students.  They can easily pursue their specific area of interest throughout their high school career.

Classes featured include: Wood Tech, an introductory level class where students learn about tools and how they are used, Construction Tech, a higher level class where students learn about framing, roofing, siding, and other aspects that go into building a house, and Outdoor Woods, a class that offers the students a chance to create outdoor furniture.  Several of these projects are auctioned off  to the public in the spring in a silent auction.  Members of the community  have an opportunity to  purchase hand-crafted furniture  made by local students.

Mr. Thompson and his father run a sawmill at his home during the summers where they collect wood by cutting down trees, then mill the wood into boards, which are used for the woodshop classes. Many beautiful projects have been created over the past several years.  In addition, Mr. Thompson’s Tech Theatre classes build and construct the sets for the fall and spring play productions for which Mr. Thompson has directed for the last 5 years.

The spring play entitled “Truck Stop Chilli” features a setting in a small southern town.  Students will begin building this set in March and spend approximately 6 weeks constructing. Most scenes for this play take place in a garage/beauty salon and provide a lot of comedy.

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