The 8th grade will carve decorative boxes from hardwoods. They design the lids first in clay, and then draw their designs on the top. After shaping the overall box with rasps and files to taste, they will carve their designs using chisels and gouges. The next step is to separate the lid from the box by sawing through the block before hollowing out the inside of the box. They finish by drilling a hole for, and carving a pivoting pin. The last steps are sanding every thing as smooth as possible before wiping the wood with a clear or, in some cases a colored stain to seal it.
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