After living in Kyrgyzstan for a while, one begins to notice a lack of quality craftsmanship. Because of the intrenched Soviet philosophy of function over form, creative excellence often falls to the wayside. CDI’s recent woodwork project aimed to instill the value of beauty and an develop artistic talent in eager young boys. Working in a local school, we ran a 10 week course for students, teaching basic wood working skills. Starting with carving a cut-out star, then a flying duck and eventually intricate designs, we challenged them to excellence at every step. By the end each student had made something they were proud of and learned skills and a mindset that will serve them well in the future, whatever profession they choose.