Waldheim School Industrial Arts
Waldheim School is a Kindergarten to grade 12 school located in the town of Waldheim, Saskatchewan, about 40 miles north of Saskatoon. Students enter the shop program in grade 7 and may continue through to grade 12. The goals of the program are to encourage students to be creative and to experiment with different forms of wood and metal craft. Highschool students enjoy almost complete freedom when it comes to project choice. The hope is that students who choose their own pathway to learning will be more committed, persistent and engaged. The shop is well known for the guitars that are produced each year. Over the years, the lutherie program developed at the school has produced many electric, as well as, a handful of acoustic guitars. Ukuleles are also produced. Because project choices are student-driven, many unique projects are produced each year. Over the years, students have produced everything from an OSB slat hammock, to crokinole boards, to toboggans, to skateboards and long boards and every type of furniture project imaginable.Students are exposed to many craft forms in the Industrial Arts program. Aside from the lutherie component, students can study intarsia, woodturning, inlay, jewellery making, chainmaille, sheet metal work, welding and all manner of woodworking. A unique feature of the program at Waldheim School is that with the help of local turners, turners from the Saskatchewan Woodworkers’ Guild and the Hub City Turners Club in Saskatoon, an extracurricular woodturning program has been developed. On select Saturdays during the school year, as many as a dozen students can come into the school shop on a Saturday and with the assistance of an expert turner, construct the project being turned that day. Waldheim School Industrial Arts certainly appreciates the support from these community groups and also feels that it is very important that these craft skills are passed on to the next generation.