had visitors in the shop , one a proud one :-)

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Blog entry by Dennisgrosen posted 10-08-2011 11:51 PM 5952 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a few days ago my daughter Silke came down into the shop very proud
saying …. look what I did in sloyd class in the primeryschool ….. with a big smile on her face :-))
and my ugly face turned into one with a big smile too …. LOL
trying hard to see what she hide behind her back …...
she told she had made it with a fretsaw …. though admitting with a little help from the teacher
from time to time when the saw didn´t behave as expected …. :-)
she made a colourfull three winged boomerang in plywood
she would like to share with you all standing at her own bench :-)

we talk about how it was to have finished a project
and little about the journey from scratsh to share it with you

some of her thoughts was …... mad when the school interrupted with a hole
gym-day on the day she shuold have had sloyd …lol
and she already looked forward to start on the next project
she even said she liked the process and was a little sad it was over …...

(so early she discovered the secret …... :-) ..... maybee ….just maybee a WW is born )

while we talked
our cat entered the shop too :-)


it was very nice just to sit down and talking with my daughter
an hour or so before she returned upstairs to get a little snack and the school homework done
it has been a while since we had a good talk ….

we both hope it can inspire others to let there children and grandchildren enter the shop
with all the electronkillers unplugged and the handtools tuned …ready on the bench….. :-)

take care
Silke and Dennis

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#1 posted 10-08-2011 11:56 PM

Nice to hear Dennis. I hope (like her boomerang), she keeps coming back.

Great job Silke!

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-09-2011 12:02 AM

What a wonderful story you shared with us, Dennis! It is wonderful to be able to share things like this with your children. When I was in Chicago this spring visiting my son, I spent several hours with him in his basement where he was working on his model train set. He was painting and gluing and he asked my advice a couple of times, which made me feel great.

I also came across something that my daughter made with me when she was about Silke’s age. Here is a picture of it:

It is a little skunk made of clay. I saw it and all those memories of that day came flooding back.

Silke’s boomerang is wonderful! It is also wonderful that you both found some things to share in woodworking and making things. You have so much that you can teach her and many days of fun and sharing together to look forward to. She will grow up so fast. You will treasure these times! :)

Great job, Silke!!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 12:14 AM

Dennis, she did a great job on it and she looks so proud and happy. It looks like she’s going to be a chip off the old block.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 10-09-2011 12:41 AM

A chipette off the old block. lol Looks like it is time to get her involved in woodworking dad. Give her a big hug from us and get her started on a project.

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#5 posted 10-09-2011 01:28 AM

I would be lying if I told you I was dry eyed after reading your story, I have a daughter too…

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 10-09-2011 02:05 AM

And I thnk you’ve got a great start on generation two Dennis !. Silke’s only just begining and already making chips .
(has she figured out how to make your shelves grow yet ?


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 10-09-2011 02:29 AM

Priceless ! Great to see your kid is so artistic. You are a lucky man.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 10-09-2011 02:39 AM

Looks like a nice job. How does it fly?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 10-09-2011 02:39 AM

that is just wonderful, you have to know how lucky you are to have such a wonderful and beautiful daughter, im 55 now and my children are all gone and grown up, i didnt have a daughter either, so your so lucky on so many points, cherish your time with her, and i just love seeing her with her own bench, that is great!!!!!!!!!!!!...thanks for the post dennis….and silke you keep your dad in line and give him lots of hugs…..he needs them….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 10-09-2011 02:45 AM

My daughter used to help me on projects and it was a great experience for both of us. Know she does projects around her house and is teaching her husband about using tools.

I hope you have many more visits and time to gather in the workshop.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#11 posted 10-09-2011 03:36 AM

Great Job Silke, you should be proud!!
Thanks for sharing the story Dennis… you must be very proud too!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 10-09-2011 04:48 AM

Outstanding Job Silke!

Now here’s a hint: get a nice big box of band-aids and keep it hidden.

Not for you, you have great skill.

These are for your dad, he’ll probably need them while trying to use sharp tools and hold up his swelled head too, I know I would!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#13 posted 10-09-2011 05:20 AM

great job Silke!

Now Dennis, you need to buy 2 of each tool. When the virus of ww bites, you need tools…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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David Craig

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#14 posted 10-09-2011 09:27 AM

Wonderful job Silke! Enjoying the process is what makes a woodworker. Good that you have that in you already.

I might have missed it Dennis, but where is the cat’s bench? ;)

Thank you for sharing,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#15 posted 10-09-2011 10:23 AM

Hej Silke

You have done a wonderfull job on that boomerang. The pleasure of make something with hands is awesome. What really hit me is that you say that when the school interrupt with a hole gymday,and your plan was to work on your projekt made you mad….i fell the same way when i work in my shop and had to stop because of i had to go to work or something else that stop`s me from being in my shop.

So´keep up the good work,cause there will always be another day in the shop,and maybe you can use your dads shop when he is driven his taxi :)

Dennis you can proud of your daugther ;)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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