"The goal is for the students to create and walk away with an heirloom."
The Butterfly Joint is a woodworking and design studio for children ages 18 months and up (and adult classes are offered as well!).
When students walk through the doors of the Butterfly Joint, they are transported into a woodworking studio designed just for them. They clock in with their very own punch cards, put on their work aprons, and get started on their projects after hearing the sound of the steam whistle.
The Butterfly Joint focuses on teaching children traditional joinery techniques — the use of dovetails, box joints and loose tenons in place of screws and nails. The goal is for the students to create and walk away with an heirloom.
Toddlers (ages 18 months to 3) and beginners (ages 4-9) work with prefabricated and unassembled wood items to sand, assemble and oil. Advanced students (ages 10-18) create projects from scratch and use hand tools such as Japanese dovetail saws, chisels and hammers.
Along with woodworking skills, The Butterfly Joint also focuses on teaching children manners and personal responsibility along with helping the parents teach productive social and emotional behaviors to their children.