great grandson in the workshop #1: Why I am not carving spoons

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Blog entry by Bluepine38 posted 08-16-2011 03:52 AM 6831 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My 6 year old great grandson Austin, very quietly asked me if he could use my workshop to make a rocking
chair, and he would let me help. I found a plan for a child’s rocker on Fine Woodworking that would work
with a few changes and made a practice model. Austin then came out and took over the workshop.

First he carefully drew the outline, then he had to cut it out.

Then he carefully sanded, after I took the pictures, I would assist him with the operation of all machinery.

When it was assembled and primed, his mother, my grandaughter Amber came out and assisted him with
the painting.

It was painted red and then we assembled and painted my pattern chair green for his older sister, Lily.
Girls are not allowed in his workshop. Mothers as we all know are exempt from all such rules because they
make cookies. We were a little too busy to take all the pictures and then a ham handed great grandfather
deleted some of them. One of these days when I am not busy I will clean up the shop and organize it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#1 posted 08-16-2011 05:11 AM

G-G-sons are just as fantastic as G-sons in the shop. I have two of the g-Sons in the shop and am very pleased with what we do.
If you recieve 1/10th the pleasuere as I, you will be over the TOP.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 05:26 AM

He’ll always remember the time he spent with you.

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#3 posted 08-16-2011 07:27 AM


-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 11:16 AM

Gus, it looks like this was a lot of fun for all of you.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 01:29 PM

Way to go, grandad. It won’t take him too long to become a woodworker.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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