Woodworking instruction begins in fifth grade and continues through eighth grade. Students first complete a hickory carver’s mallet, a serving spoon, and a bowl (or chest) of various shapes and woods using traditional tools like handsaws, chisels, gouges, rasps, files and sandpaper. With these tools, the students learn to shape, smooth and polish wood. The underlying goal is to teach the students patience, perseverance and pride in their work.