Friday, May 29, 2020

get busy working with wood.

A reader had written out of concern that her husband wanted to introduce their 2 1/2 year old son to woodworking. She was concerned that he would be too much at risk of injury.

While I agree with the mom that 2 1/2 is too young, I also applaud the dad's interest in sharing what he loves with his son. The compromise I suggested was that mom and son both join dad in the woodshop. Thus safety can be assured and all will find love for working with wood.

The June 2020 issue of GetWoodworking, a magazine in the UK, published a letter I'd sent them about woodworking at home with kids. It's on pages 78 and 79 and I've loaded a pdf of the pages to dropbox.

We are in some terrible, stormy times. On the one hand we have the coronavirus pandemic. On the other is police violence and anger and destruction in response.

There is safety and gentleness in working with wood. In the photo, can you see how the dad steadies the drill and holds  the stock as his son drills the hole in wood? Can we not steady for each other as we pass through these stormy times?

Make, fix, create. Assist others in learning lifewise.

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