Courier Sports Editor
"Ed Coates is in his sixth year teaching carpentry at Cannon County High School and nothing pleases him more than the sense of accomplishment students realize when they achieve a task.
Students involved in the carpentry curriculum at CCHS have vast opportunities to fulfill numerous tasks through a hands-on approach that verifies they understand the program of study and the ability to apply it.
In the past two years carpentry students have completed the current shop building, several structural buildings, a new ticket booth for football and picnic tables amongst other items. Applying the knowledge learned from books seems to spark a keen interest in students who aspire to make carpentry their trade.
“You can talk all day about different skills you need that is required but when you are out there and can actually watch them perform those tasks and learn stuff with the saw, drill, screw gun, whatever, and make assessments while you are out there, that’s when you can tell they are learning how to do things,” Coates said. “They are not only gaining knowledge from a book, but they are also doing
Students recently completed the second 14 X 20 building of the fall semester. It was completely designed by the class.
“Carpentry 2 built (the most recent) building ex-clusively,” Coates said. “They kept track of hours. They drew up the prints and they did all the estimating for material. They also did all of the work and estimated the cost of the building. It was their project.”
The building is for a citizen in Woodbury. The person having the structure built pays the cost of the project. Upon completion the client is able to make a donation to the CCHS Carpentry Class if desired.
“It’s a good feeling to be part of designing something and starting from nothing and seeing it come together,” senior carpentry student Brian Duggin said. “I think it’s good that we are able to learn the information in the classroom and then have these types of projects to reinforce what we are learning. A lot of times you may learn the information but not get to use it until down the road. We are gaining an understanding of how to do things as we are learning about it. I think it helps.”
Senior student Carter Underwood said there is also a sense of satisfaction from finishing a project.
“You get the material and it is just material,”
Underwood said. “But then you take your plans and the work that has gone into preparing and those plans become a completed project. A lot has to go together for everything to work. I think that is something else we have learned by doing these projects, along with working together and completing a task.”
The first year for students in the curriculum is con-struction core, such as book work and introductory information. They learn about the tools and general information. Carpentry 1 is more advanced and begins to introduce various layouts.
As students advance into Carpentry 2 they begin working on completing projects and putting their knowledge to work.
“It’s a process and we have pretty much shown we know what we are doing when we get out here and work on these buildings,” student Austin Fletcher said. “You have to work your way up and learn the information in order to get to be involved in the projects.”
Coates said parties interested in having a structure built
can contact him at CCHS by phone (563-2144) or e-mail,