High School SkillsUSA Woodworkers in Texas, 2014. Beautiful work Again!

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Project by Pimzedd posted 04-04-2014 05:43 PM 4050 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am again posting photos of woodworking projects completed by Texas high school students. The projects were in competition this past week at the SkillsUSA Texas State Leadership and Skills Conference. (NOTE: SkillsUSA used to be known as VICA). I have posted a blog at that shows additional photos.

The programs are career education programs (called vocational education back in the last century). The programs are typically either Cabinet Making or Building Trades/Carpentry classes.

The students enter a projects built in class, either singly or as a group. All projects were completed this school year. Each project was entered at one of 13 district level competitions and if judged to be of acceptable quality, were advanced to the state conference.

All of the projects shown received a Best of Show rating.

#1. A beautiful cedar bed. Note the carving in the headboard and footboard.

#2. This dressing table received a lot of attention. Note the laminated curved legs. There is a more detailed photo in the blog

#3. The canoe is a group project.

#4. This dresser with closet was the Best of Show at the district competition which I chaired.

#5. Just like a lot of Lumberjocks, students make nice boxes.

#6. This ships wheel is not your typical turning project.

I hope you are as impressed with the quality of the work of these high school students as I am. All work was completed since school started in late August in Texas. Some of the students had never done any woodworking before they started the class. I believe it is outstanding. As I have stated in posts in past years. given the opportunity and the right teacher, students can accomplish great things.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 08:40 PM


Were the headboard and footboard carved by hand, or by CNC? If by hand, this is amazing. Just for a kid to be able to do the bed would be a task, but to hand carve that well would be superb. The makeup table is also outstanding in thought and design. Reminds me of old time makeup area.
The rest are very good as well. Very impressive the talent still coming out of schools. Is there something in the water down in TX?

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 09:21 PM

All of it is awesome. I really love the bed.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-04-2014 11:09 PM

excellent work and effort – kudos to the kids and the teachers

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 12:08 AM

Congrats to all of the kids!

I am so glad the great state of Texas realizes the importance of hands on education and teaching skills to the kids. When I started we were called the “Future Craftsmen of America”- even before VICA.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 04-05-2014 12:16 AM

Dang, pretty amazing high school kids made that stuff

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#6 posted 04-05-2014 06:44 PM

I remember woodworking class – it took a whole year to make some piece of rubbish that I can’t even remember. so well done to these kids. The technical standard are right up there – but that dressing table, especially, impresses me. I think it demonstrates an exceptional design maturity

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#7 posted 04-05-2014 09:52 PM

woodchuckerNj – Don’t know if the carving was by CNC but that would be my guess. A number of the programs have CNC routers now.

Lew – good to hear from you again.

Thanks to all for looking.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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