Experiencing mathematics in a different context than a traditional approach can be an incentive for students to work harder. Building projects can offer students such an opportunity. In a curriculum that I developed in 2002 for nontraditional students, I added a variety of hands-on activities, of which the construction of an Adirondack table and chair were two of the most popular.
On the advice of one of my colleagues who is a miniaturist, I submitted an article about these Adirondack constructions to American Miniaturist that was published in the July/August 2003 issue. Several years later, another miniaturist, Robin Stewart, used this article to construct the two pieces of Adirondack furniture, which then were displayed on another cover of American Miniaturist in the June 06 issue. I used this image to create one of the thumbnails on this page.
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