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The teachers keep the knives until there is a safe time for the students to carve with instruction and careful supervision. It is a primal experience to sit at a campfire as boys and girls with freshly-sharpened sticks heat-harden their points,much as our distant ancestorsmight have hardened their spears.

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Sloyd Knife

Sloyd Knife

Sloyd Knife

 

At left, the proper stance for Sloydwhittling is shown in Sloyd for the Upper Grammar Grades, by Gustaf Larsson, 1911.At right, the Sloyd knife recommended byOtto Salomon in The Teacher'sHand- Book of Slöjd, 1904,was slightly different fromthe one still available today inwoodworking catalogs.

Ablind man stands at the rear of an elephant and,while holding the tail, proclaims, “It's a rope!” It is ironic that the simple Sloyd knife, one of “half a hundred tools” used in Sloyd training, came to be its strongest symbol; the very slender tail of a complex educational system. In fact, the use of the knife was controversial even before the dawn of the 20th century, and the knife we associate with Sloyd today is not even the one most recommended by its founder. S. Barter, inWoodwork, The English Sloyd (Macmillan & Co., 1892) disparaged the knife in explaining the differences between the course of study in England and its Swedish origins. “One of the most important tools used in the Slöjd course, and certainly the most unique, is the Slöjd knife. The advantages of this knife are not clearly brought out, though the importance of it is so strongly insisted upon; and moreover, it has been found that in this country that all work done with the knife can be more efficiently performed with a chisel.Under these circumstances, there seems to be no adequate reason for adopting an ‘unfamiliar' knife in preference to a tool which is in such common use by all classes of workmen.” But according to Otto Salomon in The Theory of Educational Sloyd,“Every boy has many times, in a more or less elegant way, cut a stick with a knife, and is therefore more or less acquainted with the earliest exercises.We begin, then, with the instruments and exercises best known to the child, in order that our method of procedure may be as educational as possible.” I had my own experiences with children and knives long before I learned about Sloyd. As a parent at the Clear Spring School, I went several times on the annual school camp-outs, where children are encouraged to bring pocketknives (with locking blades) and are taught whittling.

The teachers keep the knives until there is a safe time for the students to carve with instruction and careful supervision. It is a primal experience to sit at a campfire as boys and girls with freshly-sharpened sticks heat-harden their points,much as our distant ancestorsmight have hardened their spears. Hans Thorbjörnsson, curator of Otto Salomon's library at Nääs, reminds us that “80% of the Swedish people were living in the countryside about 1880, mostly farmers or farm workers and their families. Almost every farmer and worker wore a knife and probably used it daily. The boys took part in the farmwork, starting at 8-10 years of age, going to school a few hours a day or every other d...

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