WELCOME to the ChildrensWoodshopBus website also known as woodshopbus.co

The most reliable way to contact the instructor/owner is by Email, see below.   Phone messages can be garbled. Lost a caller today 9/18/2021.  Too much static.  

We currently scheduling a few after school classes. Watch for winter break events information.  Contact sdawson@thechildrenswoodshopbus.com to arrange a session for 3-5 children ages 7-11.  

GENERAL INFORMATION: This mobile “woodshop” is a converted transit bus with individual, adjustable workbenches.  The program is designed to teach children how to use hand tools safely and effectively. Normally, the woodshop bus travels to San Diego area public and private schools September – May for 1st-5th grades and  June-August for summer camps 2nd-6th grades. We are hoping that our regular school rounds can resume in the fall of 2021 but if not, we will continue to organize workshops in Clairemont by request.  

INSTRUCTORS NOTE:  This is not a “hammer and nails” only class or camp. There is structure, construction techniques, safety and size limits.  I am confident I can teach a motivated, physically capable child how to saw wood clamped into a miter box, shape and sand it, drill holes, drive nails, turn screws and make wooden toys and useful desktop projects using only hand tools and premium sugar pine. There are kid-tested examples (see Project Photos page)  to jump-start the building process and once the construction techniques are established, children progress at their own pace to build confidence and skills as they build  their projects.   Sheila D., instructor. Email questions to me at sdawson@thechildrenswoodshopbus.com 

SCOUT BADGES:  As a community partner for both Boys and Girls Scouts TheChildrensWoodshopBus provides a place to earn achievement  badges in woodworking in small groups.   Interested leaders should Email sdawson@TheChildrensWoodshopBus.com direct for more information and to schedule a session. See Scout Woodworking page for more details. Due to CoVid19 restrictions, I can only offer badge work to small groups of 5 at this time.

You can download a general information flyer by clicking hereYou may copy and distribute.

ABOUT:  The Children’s Woodshop Bus has been traveling to San Diego schools and neighborhoods teaching basic hand tools skills to young children since 1974.  The after school classes are one hour long, and many projects are completed in one session. A series of classes, scout badge work, and birthday parties can be scheduled by emailing sdawson@TheChildrensWoodshopBus.com. The cost varies with how many students attend and the location.

You can see a video of children working in the bus on the Media page.

Use the scroll arrow to see the  Woodshop Bus exterior, interior, and a well-used work station.