In 2008, Hoosac received a matching grant form the Ford Foundation to build an Early American woodworking shop, for the purpose of teaching students traditional skills in hand joinery and wood carving. During their time at Hoosac, students will attend the wood shop for a trimester and learn the ancient art of hand dovetailing and relief carving. Students will participate in making the Hoosac Chest, a traditional six board dovetailed hope chest, in a variety of sizes and wood to be given as gifts by the Headmaster, Dean Foster, to Friends of Hoosac who make contributions to the school. Stop by the wood shop when you visit Hoosac and watch the students at work, learning patience and discipline "the old fashioned way."

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