Design & Woodworking
Lower School Instructor: John Layman
Middle School Instructor: Michael Chamberlain
Middle and Upper School Instructor: A.J. Howard
Shop class at Gilman? The Design and Woodworking program, one of the School's most unique and venerable offerings (dating from the late 1940s), gives students everyday skills they will carry throughout their life. From their earliest school days, students learn the basic skills of woodworking with hand tools and machines, and study the elements and principles of design, through individual instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and use of the department's own reference library. The use of basic hand tools expands to experience with more sophisticated and high-tech equipment, including a computer numerical control (CNC) router. Whether building a tool carrier, making a lamp base, creating a side table, or designing and fashioning an electric guitar, students integrate and apply knowledge from science, math, art, social studies, and other subjects, learn basic principles of industrial design and engineering, and express their own creativity.