For the July 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer discusses cognitive spatial ability and how it plays a role throughout the woodworking process from mentally designing and planning to actually putting pieces together.
While I grew up playing with Tinker Toys, Erector Sets and blocks (all good spatial training), my formal education in spatial skills really came in junior high shop class. Mr. Westphal taught the first shop course, Mechanical Drawing, in 7th grade. We learned how to write block letters and use triangles and T-squares. However the key skill development was how to visualize objects.
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