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Woodworking Class Creates Benches for the Community

Collaborative, hands-on learning opportunities are weaved into the Hill experience. The sweet, fresh scent of wood fills the second-floor hallway in the Center For The Arts thanks to the woodworking classes taught by Diane Deery P’21 ’23, Chair of the Arts Department and Athey Family Master Teacher of the Arts.

The featured project for the 2023-24 academic year focused on designing and building benches. Students began the project with a visit to the archives where Mr. Lou Jefferies shared information on past woodworking projects, including showing actual pieces housed on campus.

“When students saw examples of benches, they knew that’s what we wanted to build. I’ve wanted the students to collaborate on a large project, so this was our chance,” said Deery.

Created with poplar wood from the Trading Depot in nearby Spring City and selected by students because of the light and airy feel that mirrors the space where the benches will live, students have worked tirelessly for months to create the benches.

“Students learned how patient you need to be in preparing the wood, sanding, finishing, and constructing the pieces,” observed Deery. “They are proud of their work, and we hope others enjoy and appreciate it.”

Chelsea Lee ’27 noted, “It’s an accomplishment knowing that we can leave a small part of our legacy in this bench for the School.”