OTL produce plenty of offcuts, so earlier this year our Marketing Manager went to visit the Elizabeth Woodville School near Milton Keynes to see exactly how they make use of our donations of birch ply offcuts. We spent a good couple of hours at the school with Mike Pearce, head of Design Technology, and the year 13 students who were presenting their A-Level work. We also had the pleasure of meeting a couple of the Year 12 students who were working on their designs for the following school year.
To say we were impressed with the quality of the work was an understatement; every single student had come up with an idea for a usable product – from a weight bench, to a bookshelf chair, to a table and lamp – the items we saw were truly an inspiration and extremely well made. The students openly spoke about the projects, how and why they had the idea, how they found using the wood, and their plans for the future, as many were off to Uni in a couple of months.