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Inspirational Visit to Start the Year

Super lucky 14-19 year olds in the East of London.

Mike Hancock and Alex Primmer from Classic Hand Tools were privileged and excited to visit the set up for hand tool woodworking training at the London Design and Engineering University Technical College (LDE UTC) on the edge of the Royal Docks.

Despite this being temporary building with smart portacabins bolted together this place was amazing. Principal Designate Geoffrey Fowler gave us the whirlwind tour including the robotics workshops, the Lego Room and so much more.

Students can really progress here and the woodworking hand skills area as important for students to be able to relate to how things are made, rather than it being just a programmed thing for a machine to do. It widens their knowledge.

More to come as in 2019 the college moves a few metres into a state of the art super building overlooking the dock and London’s City Airport.

Our short visit was inspirational.  Well done Geoffrey Fowler and your team for getting it off the ground. Hundreds of lucky students are going to have a magnificent facility to learn and thrive in.

Thank you to Derek Jones for our invite and well done on helping create an impressive woodworking setup here.

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