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I am again posting photos of woodworking projects completed by Texas high school students. The projects were in competition this past week at the Texas SkillsUSA State Conference. (NOTE: SkillsUSA used to be known as VICA). I have posted a blog at http://lumberjocks.com/Pimzedd/blog/35484 that shows additional photos.

We have some very active programs in Texas. The programs are vocational/career education programs, typically either Cabinet Making or Building Trades/Carpentry classes.

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

The hutch in the first photo was chosen as one of the Best of Show projects at the state competition. It was the Best of Show at a District level competition that I helped with about a month ago.

Photo #2 is a matching hutch and desk made by four students.

Photo #3 is a CNC project.

Photo #4 is a bunkbed made by two students, note the bookshelves and drawers.

Photo #5 is a shotgun reloading box. We like our guns in Texas.

Photo #6 is a hutch with a granite work surface.

I hope you are as impressed with the quality of the work of these high school students as I am. 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.

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Wow! The work is fantastic! All I can say is that your school has some extremely talented and gifted students. Congratulation to all involved and thank you for posting.
 

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Bill, it honestly & truly warms my heart to see such fine work from our young folks.
Makes me hopeful that there is a future for our fine craft.
Congratulations to them & you !
Well done my friend !
 

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Excellent craftsmanship on all projects, pass on my complements to the builders, they did outstanding work. These are projects to be proud of.
 

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Glad to see that wood shop in High Schools has not completely gone the way of the dodo yet.

Really nice projects, super talented young people.
 

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Super job….makes me wish I hadnt slept thrugh shop now….lol
 

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Very awesome work.
 

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It has to be hard to pick one project over another when they are all on the same level. Superb.
 

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They did some wonderful work,impressive.
 

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Terrific projects and obviously terrific students with great talent. The hutch is stunning and the Last Supper box is amazing. Nice to know the trades are still being taught in high schools
 

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This is really great work for high school students. Not long ago I asked a neighborhood young man if he took woodshop in his school. With a disappointed look he said no sir they don't teach it in our school. Glad to see some schools still teach it.
 

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That Last Supper box is beautiful! Any chance for more pics? Great work by the students on all the projects!
 

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I coach youth baseball (competitive) and am a woodworker. Have tried (for many years now) to get some of these kids (ages 10-12) interested in woodworking with zero success. If there is some sort of national program (SkillsUSA?) that could be a format to get this going, I sure would like to hook up.
 

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Bill, I am sorry I missed these over the weekend. My hats off to these students they have all done a great job. Competing is a great thrill and all of these folks should be very proud of their achievements and the work the skills they will be able to put into use in the future.

GO Skills USA!!

CtL
VICA Alumni
 

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BusterB, if you had slept in my shop class, you would have found yourself performing machine maintenance ie. cleaning very dirty machines :)

woodshaver, sadly the old industrial arts wood shop has pretty much gone away. Thankfully, the vocational programs still exist in some schools. It is also sad that vocational has a negative connotation since most of us have a vocation!

SawdustTX, go to the blog at http://lumberjocks.com/Pimzedd/blog/35484, there are several more projects shown.

kajunkraft, go to www.skillsusa.org and you can learn more about the organization. I believe Texas is the only state that has competitions with projects. The projects I posted at http://lumberjocks.com/projects/82648 shows one of the many competitions that students may enter in SkillsUSA. Most of the competitions are hands-on skill contests.

Thanks to all for the comments.
 

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Great job. Very talented students. Congrats
 

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Finally a school that hasn't forgotten the crafts that built our country. Way to keep them alive!
 

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Bill,

These projects should be in the top 3!

That is some awesome work by the students! Credit needs to be given to the instruction they receive at the school also.

Thanks for sharing…......it sure made my day.
 

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That's awesome! Wish the younger generation had more opportunities in lower education like I did.
Glad to see they still have it in other states.
 
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