This blog entry today is somewhat woodworking related, and the content has mostly been provided by my daughter Rachel, a student of woodworking, at least in the way I do woodworking.
She’s been hanging out in the shop all afternoon since the grade school decided to call off school today because the Cottonwood River was up so high, cutting off roads around the County today. I’m enjoying her presence in the shop, but I hope the water is down tomorrow so she can learn something worthwhile at the school.
Rachel’s brother headed off with momma to the store, but Rachel decided she wanted to spend her afternoon in the wood shop with me. Riley did also, but he knows that he gets to eat out at Subway, or McDonald’s when he goes on a Store run. So, he opted for food rather than the wood shop, which I can understand.
Rachel’s favorite thing to do right now is to pack a sack lunch of bologna sandwiches and eat in the dusty woodshop with me. She prefers that over eating in the clean house. I know these days will pass quickly, and she will soon enough not want much to do with old balding daddy, so I cherish the bologna sandwich days.
And, something else you should know, is that Rachel is a pretty insistent girl.
By that I mean, that when she gets an idea in her head, it doesn’t leave easily. I’m the same way, so I understand her situation.
This afternoon, she decided that I should make her a Hoola Hoop. She had one from the store, but her brother broke it about a month after Christmas this year, so she’s Hoola Hoopless now.
I don’t know where the idea came from. She was sitting quietly watching “Greatest Hero’s of the Bible: Joseph,” a kid’s show on TBN that I recorded for the kids on the DVR (yes, I have satellite tv in the shop).
So, I’m sitting there a stool working at the workbench, Rachel is sitting on a stool watching the show, and suddenly she turns to me and says:
Rachel: ”Dad, make me a Hoola Hoop please.”
Me: ”I can’t do that, I only work in wood, and they are made of plastic.”
Rachel: ”You can make one, you can make anything”
(author’s note: Rachel is still only 7 years old, and if she wants to think that I can make anything, then why would I spoil that notion? On the other hand, I’m 44 and still think that my dad can make anything.)
Me: ”Rachel, I don’t have time, I need to make some money, and a lot of people have sent me their money, and are waiting on their things to be built.”
Rachel: ”You can make one with wood, I know you can.”
Me: ”Even if I could, I don’t have time right now.”
(Author’s note: as you can see when two hard-headed people collide, nobody moves an inch.)
Rachel: ”Ugh! Fine, just fine !”
Me: ”Sorry honey, I just can’t make a hoola hoop today. You should have gone to the store with Momma and you could have gotten a new Hoola Hoop.”
Rachel: ”I don’t want one from the store, I want you to make one.”
Me: ”I’m sorry, I can’t do it today, just quit arguing with me.”
Rachel: ”Fine! I’ll make you a list of how to do it.”
Me: ”You’re gonna make me a list of how to make a Hoola Hoop? I’d like to see that.”
Rachel: ”Where’s the paper….. I can’t find any paper anywhere in this mess.”
(Author’s note: yes, the shop is dirty and messy, but there is paper in there somewhere.)
Me: ”The paper is on the clipboard over there.”
Rachel: ”Ohhh, there’s a spider web on the clipboard.”
Me: ”Give it here, I’ll brush it off.”
Rachel: ”Thanks Dad, do you think I’ll always be scared of spiders?.”
Rachel: ”Ok, now let me concentrate.”
(Author’s Note: Rachel here’s that last phrase from me quite often.)
- – - – - -—- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -
At this point, Rachel sits down and writes out the plans for making a hoola hoop.
When she handed me the paper, she says, ”Ok, here, now you can build me one.”
I was so tickled with her list, I decided to share it with the other tender hearts on LJ, as there will be other busy people that need a “plan” like this one.
So, I scanned it, and I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do.
How to Make A Wooden Hoola Hoop – By Rachel DeCou 9-15-2008
In case you couldn’t read the writing, it has just two Steps:
Step 1: Make a Circle of Wood.
Step 2: Next. Paint it. The whole thing.
thanks for reading along,
Update for 9-18-2008
I was so thrilled to see a project posted this morning from Quixote with his daughter working on a Hoola Hoop with him. What an inspiration he is. Some of us “talk” about something, but it is people like Quixote that actually “do” something. Hurray for him.
I’ll start a list here of “Hoola Hoop Builders”, and hope to add a bunch more project postings from the readers who are trying to make a special moment with their own children, grandchildren, nieces, etc.:
(This project posting, text, and story is protected by copyright 2008 by the author, M.A. DeCou. All rights reserved, no unauthorized use of this material is permitted. Weblinks to this page is permitted without permission. Thanks for your help.)
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com