Friday, December 08, 2017

tool kit and bow

Grizzly has a child's tool kit on sale for Christmas, consisting of a wooden tool box like those made by students at the Clear Spring School and a variety of tools inside. For $16.95, today only, it may give you something to put under the tree that will offer real growth of character and mind and give hours of creative enjoyment.

Years ago when I presented at a conference in Little Rock, an artist came up to me and told me that she had purchased woodworking tools for her grandson but her daughter-in-law had refused to allow them in the house. Her concerns were that he might make a mess, or damage her furniture. Perhaps he might even injure himself.

So what's a wise grandmother to do? Keep the tools in her own house and claim the child whenever possible so that he  (or she) can create and learn.

Yesterday at ESSA we finalized the 2018 program catalog, and course offerings for the coming year will begin showing up on-line. If you want to receive a catalog, please contact the school through the website,

In the ESSA woodshop my students and I trimmed the edges of the marine ply forming the bottoms of Bevins Skiffs. This morning we will continue the same work, and by Monday we will be ready to work on the insides of each boat.

Make, fix and create... Make certain, too, that real skills are passed along to fresh generations.

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