Station residents learn way of woodcraft

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Sgt. Maj. Steven L. Brown, station sergeant major, and his wife, Shelley, piece together wooden cutting boards during the wooden cutting board class inside the Wood Hobby Shop here Nov. 3, 2012. The cutting boards were cut into individual wooden sticks and then glued together to allow for personal patterns within the wood. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cayce Nevers)
Sgt. Maj. Steven L. Brown, station sergeant major, and his wife, Shelley, piece together wooden cutting boards during the wooden cutting board class inside the Wood Hobby Shop here Nov. 3, 2012. The cutting boards were cut into individual wooden sticks and then glued together to allow for personal patterns within the wood. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cayce Nevers)

Station residents learn way of woodcraft

by: Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer | .
Iwakuni Approach Staff | .
published: November 17, 2012

The Wood Hobby Shop is one of the many centers aboard station which provides servicemembers and their families with a fun, productive resource.

From do-it-yourself projects to personal relaxation, a person would be hard-pressed not to find a way to enjoy the activities possible at the hobby shop.

One such activity available is the wood-cutting board class, which provides an opportunity for station residents to learn how to craft their own personal, handmade cutting board.

“For the safety class and cutting board class, how we incorporated them was to go over each machine, and as we used each new machine, we made pieces for the cutting board,” said Jermar Griffin, Wood Hobby Shop assistant. “So, as we used the table saw, we cut the pieces in links, and those would be the pieces we used for the cutting board. Not only do you get the instructions on how to do it, but you get a product out of it.”

Along with having the opportunity to create a personal souvenir to keep in one’s home, a personally-made cutting board could also be considered a heartfelt gift.

“During the summer, we typically don’t teach classes,” said Griffin.“During the winter, there’s more of an inclination for people to come and take classes, such as the cutting-board class, for things like presents.”

Due to possible dangers of an area with objects made for cutting, no chances for accidents are left open, and in any use of the Wood Hobby Shop’s equipment, one must first undergo a safety class.

“We make it very easy for everyone to take the class by going step-bystep and going over as many safety procedures as possible,” said Griffin. “We go over the minimum and maximum widths you can cut things, the things you can wear to use the shop and the equipment. We just try to cover as many safety topics as possible.”

Wooden cutting-board classes are slated for Nov. 17, 2012 at 1 p.m., with safety classes taught at 12 p.m. on the same days. To participate in the class, please call ahead and notify the wood hobby of your interest.

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