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Derbyshire Dales Woodcraft Club - an ancient art

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

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WOODWORKING is a skill that seems to have fallen out of favour with younger generations, as schools and colleges focus their classes more on computerised design technology.

Many schools now have access to 3D printing facilities, and members of the Derbyshire Dales Woodcraft Club are worried this could lead to traditional skills being lost and forgotten.

Committee member James Sharpe said: “Looking back to the days ‘when I was young’ I can’t fail to notice how so many practical skills seem to be disappearing.

“There was a time when, if something was broken we would mend it but now, despite all the claims of a shortage of money, the habit seems to be to just replace the offending item.

“In 50 years time will our kids have the practical skills that my generation took for granted?

“Sadly the digital age has impacted on life in unfavourable ways; many young (and older) people prefer to spend their time on the playstations, X-box etc rather than doing something practical.

“Time was when a design was created using pencil and paper but now it’s with an iPad and with the advent of the 3D printer how long before if say, a bowl is required, the design is created on the iPad which is linked to the printer and the said item manufactured?

“But wouldn’t it be more satisfying to attach a lump of wood to a lathe and turn your own design?

“At DDWC we welcome members of all ages, and we enjoy introducing them to the ancient crafts of wood turning and woodcarving using not so ancient equipment.”

The club meets from 10am until 2pm every month at Wyaston Village Hall, and members can learn a variety of skills, including carving, turning, marquetry and pyrography (the art of burning artwork onto wood.)

Further information is available online at www.ddwc.co.uk

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