I was chatting in a message to A1Jim and telling about the work that I did today and I got to thinking about something that has come up in making our toys.
The newspaper article this year brought a new person who wanted to volunteer on helping make toys. But, he has a full time job and is not retired so he wanted to do it at his home in nights and weekends.
So it was agreed that he would help up make our Lincoln Log Cabin toy. This requires about 5,000 ft of 3/4 square stock. We are making it out of Sapele scrap that was donated.
We have been busy for about 5 weeks cutting around 150-300 3’ long sticks each week and he’s been cutting them to length and routing the pieces etc.
But it turn out he is a maintenance man at a prison in Maryland. He has talked to the management and has gotten the OK in the last week to have the inmates assist in making the toys. This is a pilot program to see how it works out.
I’ve tried to do this before, but the prison wasn’t interested because they didn’t want an outsider to come into the prison and have the problems associated with that. In this case John is an insider, He’s already been approved to work with the inmates etc.
So this week they have been using the wood shop in the prison to do the round over and the dadoing of the pieces. The inmates are enjoying the opportunity to learn to use sharp tools for constructive means.
If it works out we might have them select they own toy. It would also be nice if the State would pay for the materials. Since these are not being sold, but given to charities.
We have told the inmates that they are also able to get a toy from our organization to give to a child or grandchild that they have.
Hopefully this will be an enhancement to our toy making activities.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware firstname.lastname@example.org †