Well I missed another week of posting this time though it was not due to pleasure. My aunt passed on Monday and I was with my Uncle most of this week. She has had kidney problems for several years now and 2 weeks ago things started to get bad. I visited last weekend and on Sunday she was having a good day. By Monday morning everything had changed though. My Uncle is doing as well as can be expected.
While I spent a large portion of the week away from work and my shop I did some brain storming for summer camp projects. A few of you may recall that where I work we run several camp weeks during the summer. I get involved by teaching a woodworking project to the kids. It is a real blast!
Last year they made small boxes and then built a fairy garden in them. The year before they did bookshelves which were a huge hit.
The younger kids, Kindergarten and first grade have done string Art projects the past few years. I find it is an easy project for them they get to put all the nails in then color and string up as they wish.
This year I was trying to come up with something different for all three age groups we will be having. while looking around my sister’s store I found 2 hand drills.
She is going to ask the vendors if they have any more. I would like at least 6. As you can see I drew the arrows on them to make sure the kids know which way to turn them. I saw this in the book ” Woodshop for Kids” by Jack McKee. With a small arsenal of these and the tools we have already collected, we are going to head down a new path and the youngest kids will be building a key/jewelry holder and the older ones a coat rack. The older ones will get to use the handsaws to cut the board to the final length before decorating and installing the hooks. The younger ones will just predrill the holes for the cup hooks. The is a much older adventure group this year that I may need to do something even more interesting with, maybe a 5 board stool.
As I said this is a great part of my summer work schedule. I love the looks on the kids faces when they are holding the project that they built on their own. I hope you get a chance to get a kid excited about woodworking.
Everyone have a great week in and out of the shop.
-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)