Starting the school year off with timber

For students in Brian Wachs’ class, the start of the school year is an adventure.

On the second day, students in his woods and metals shop class at Gilchrist School hike out behind the school. Their mission? Fell a tree using only hand tools, geometry and math.

“It’s a lot of fun because we get to go out on all these adventures,” said Katie McDaniel, 15, who has been taking Wachs’ classes since seventh grade. “It’s not step one, step two. You have to figure it out.”

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