Yes, there is a Santa Clause and he gave me a present that I will cherish....

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Blog entry by cajunpen posted 12-24-2007 09:46 AM 4444 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past weekend my 38 year old son (the youngest) was in town visiting. After a good meal and some time spent spoiling my granddaughters we ended up talking about woodworking. This is the first time in 38 years that he has ever expressed ANY interest in my passion. I have been planning on making him and his wife a nice clock for their new home. I happen to mention that I would start on it right after Christmas and that’s when Santa brought my gift!!!! My son said that he would like for me to wait until he could come in town again and we could work on it together. Now this may seem like a silly thing for a grown man to get excited about – but I have mentioned many times on this Forum how I wish I could share the woodworking experience with one of my sons. Well, it’s going to happen and I could not be happier. We will start sometime next month – he has indicated that he would like to learn as much as he can about woodworking. If this works out I will be one happy LumberJock.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 12-24-2007 10:09 AM

That’s pretty cool, Bill. My Nic has shown a very little interest in woodworking except penmaking. I guess at age 20, I didn’t give two hoots about woodworking or my own Dad’s passions in the shop, so there is time, God willing.

I have hopes for the grandson, but I should probably wait till he has mastered the art of eating with a spoon before outfitting him with a bowl gouge.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 12-24-2007 11:39 AM

Congratulations Bill. PS, It is not at all silly for you to feel elation that he wants to learn at his father’s hand.

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#3 posted 12-24-2007 12:56 PM

Wow! I envy your son. How I wish my father is still around. I got my woodworking genes from him. He was a construction foreman and knows all the tricks of the trade. I used to watch him set and sharpen his hand saw, hone his chisels and plane irons. I also got a chance to see him replace a handle on a hammer when I was barely a teen-ager. There were too many distractions during my teen age years. Got married. Unfortunately, he died before I got the itch. 16 years late.

I am sure your son will cherish the time he spent woodworking with you for the rest of his life. I know. One of the fondest memories I have of my father was him woodworking.

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#4 posted 12-24-2007 01:04 PM

bill , i cant imagine a better gift ! wish i got one just like it . happy holidays

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#5 posted 12-24-2007 02:00 PM

Happy feeling I have for you. Nice Christmas present for sure. You tell him he get’s an “atta boy” s/f


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#6 posted 12-24-2007 02:52 PM

Merry Christmas!!!!!!
Wow – THAT is a GIFT among gifts.
Really struck a chord with me. Two weeks ago while in the shop my son (a 26 year old with nothing on his mind except cell phone – computers- girls and not necessarily in that order) strolled in and after watching a few minutes asked if he could try to turn something on the lathe…
After a little help setting up he made his first turning which didn’t turn out as he first imagined( I tried to assure him that’s woodworking)
He’s made a trip or two to the shop since and attempted to make a second candle stick – something about a matched pair has crossed his mind…. tried to tell him that’s why you put one on each end of the matle.. distance helps similarity! he’s still coming back. ya know… Merry Christmas to ME as well.

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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#7 posted 12-24-2007 03:12 PM

Maybe if they made really hip lathe turning video games? Then youngsters today might figure out that the real thing in real life has much better graphics..Wink

Glad to hear your good news Cajunpen.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 12-24-2007 03:24 PM

i got goosebumps! What a wonderful surprise and gift!!

My heart is smiling for you

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 12-24-2007 04:24 PM

I agree that connecting with your son at a place where your interests are in common is very special. Enjoy your time.


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#10 posted 12-24-2007 04:43 PM


I saw the post and my first recation was ..”hey it’s not Christmas yet”.......but there’s an exceotion for that kind of present…..Enjoy that one man!!!

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#11 posted 12-24-2007 05:22 PM

That’s not silly… it brought tears to my eyes. Merry Christmas indeed!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 12-24-2007 05:28 PM

What a great Christmas gift. To share a creative experience with your son has got to be one of the best things in the world. My boys are 30 and 32 and I relish the opportunity to share that kind of quality time with them. Good for you Bill.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#13 posted 12-24-2007 05:29 PM

That’s wonderful Bill. The feeling of WOW will never go away and that’s a great thing. I hope you and your son have a good long time to make sawdust together.

What a Christmas you are having.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#14 posted 12-24-2007 05:30 PM

good for you i have three boys and as well hope that i can ruin them but in this techy world it seems a crapshoot i thinky you just hit enjoy .

-- "when you think youre going to slow, slow down just a little bit more" .... Pop's

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#15 posted 12-24-2007 05:34 PM

I spent some time in the saw dust factory with my Dad. And without a doubt, it is some of the very best times we had together. I only wish it could have been more….... I’m sure if he was still with us he would think the same. Most of the machines I own were his to start with. After his death them came to me. Now my son (when time permits) has joined in the adventure.

The time spent with your family, doing something of interest together can not be replaced. Enjoy your gift, you will both get something of value out of it.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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