Students in the Shop

Early Abbots of Saint John’s may have been concerned about safety had they heard that students were laboring in the Abbey Woodworking Shop.  Not to mention the potential influence that rowdy students might have on impressionable monks! Yet today we have a constant flow of students in and out of the shop between classes.  These students are interested in trading in the rigors of the intellectual life for the opportunity to work with their hands…if only for a few hours at a time.  

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Ugandan Woodworkers

While our blog typically focuses on the pieces being crafted at Abbey Woodworking, this month we take a pause to highlight the work being done at another Benedictine woodshop...it just so happens that this woodshop is halfway around the world. 

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Hexagons

Take a close look at the Marcel Breuer designed buildings in Collegeville and you’ll see a reoccurring shape:  hexagons.  They are everywhere. 

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