Children and woodworking #1: Three girls, three hammers, and a Catamaran

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Blog entry by Al Navas posted 06-08-2008 03:34 PM 834 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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From my blog:

I had an opportunity today to take three of our granddaughters to one of the local home improvement stores (guess which one…), for an exciting Catamaran build. This is a free program at both orange, and blue, home improvement centers, for children of all ages…

... The local home improvement retailers all have active programs for the children year-round. It is a terrific Community activity in which more parents should enroll their children, as it will plant woodworking seeds that are likely to last a lifetime…

You will see the rest of the article on my blog. Edit to add: In the meantime, here they are, with their Catamaran completed:

Some things on which I would love to hear your comments:

1. Does your local home improvement retailer have similar programs?
2. If they do, are they also free?
3. Do they have the program year-round?
4. Do they provide the kits to parents of children unable to attend in-store?



-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#1 posted 06-08-2008 10:56 PM

Neat! unfortunately I have a 3 or 4 year wait, my dil is due end of Aug with gs #1, though I think the ultrasound showed a screwdriver in his hand . . . . .His dad was pretty precocious with things mechanical

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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Al Navas

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#2 posted 06-09-2008 01:00 AM


Congratulations! I chuckled about screwdriver-in-hand showing on the ultrasound :-) . It will be such a wonderful experience. We have five granddaughters, but hope to have a grandson in October. Whatever it is, so long as it is healthy.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 06-13-2008 12:13 AM

HD offers a similar program here in Brandon but they charge dearly for the ‘kits’. I’d just as soon prepare the parts myself and have the kids build it at home. HD will sell the kits to any body with the cash, kids there or not.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Al Navas

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#4 posted 06-13-2008 02:38 AM


You are right! If they charge for the kits, forgettaboutittt! Each kit could be made in just a few minutes. But, with a total of 5 granddaughters, I would insist that HD, Lowe’s, etc., is a fine choice, if they provide the kits at no charge..

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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