We are a family-owned and operated business, providing hands-on educational opportunities featuring: woodworking, boatbuilding, letterpress printing, botanicals as well as other handicraft workshops on our 8-acre property. We offer a pastoral atmosphere to develop healthy work habits, by presenting a large selection of ideas and experiences to unfold and develop the logic, reasoning, and aesthetic capabilities of children ages 9-18 yrs.
In addition, we offer various adult courses including -
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Material Making Workshops.
Located due west of San Antonio, South of Helotes and North of Castroville, and just minutes from Alamo Ranch.
Slöjd is a system of Educational Handwork that began in Finland in the 1860s, that embraced many forms of handicrafts, such as work in wood, metal, leather, cardboard, textiles, and skills such as basket-making, and book-binding. While the Slöjd movement began in the 1860s it continues today as a compulsory course in Sweden, Finland, and Denmark public schools.
Uno Cygnaeus, a clergyman and educator, considered the Father of the Finnish public school system introduced the idea of the use of handcrafts in education and made it a mandatory subject in the public school in 1865. In 1870 Otto Salomon introduced Slöjd to Sweden, and Meri Toppelius, of Finnish descent, introduced Sloyd to the United States in 1890.
Sloyd, the English term, is generally understood to mean a system of Handwork in Wood. So why don't we just call it carpentry?
While the Sloyd System is cited as the beginning of manual education in the United States. The value of manual training and it's need to be an equal part of the educating of children, goes back several centuries, starting as far back as Martin Luther (1483-1546). The idea that there is a strong connection between creating with your hands and cognitive development is promoted and repeated by others such notables as Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531), Johann Amos Comenius (1592-1671), John Locke (1632-1704), Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), and Friedrich Frobel (1782-1852).
Handcraft , Sleight of Hand or Crafty.
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