My First Time Teaching

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Project by RichCMD posted 01-11-2017 11:15 PM 1260 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I might be stretching the “my project” part of this a bit on this one. I really did not make this myself, but instructed my adult daughter on how to do it. This is the first time I have tried teaching someone else how to do some wood working, and I have to admit I am happy with the results.

She wanted to make something for a party she was attending where they do a “white elephant” gift exchange, but all of the gifts have to be made by the giver. She asked if I would help her do some kind of woodworking project, and after some discussion we decided on the knife. She was only here for a few days over Christmas, so the knife seemed to fit the time we would have. While she was here I guided her through making and attaching the scales. I then gave her some ideas about the final sanding and finishing that she would do when she got back home.

I think the knife turned out pretty well. The handle is desert ironwood, a wood I had never worked with before. It looks really nice, but it was probably not the easiest thing for a novice to work with. Looking back, it probably would have been easier if we had chosen something I had some previous experience with.

Every time I’ve talked to her lately, she tells me how many compliments on the knife she has gotten from her friends. I think she has now developed a desire to get into woodworking. Since she lives in another state, she is looking into the best way to get started.

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#1 posted 01-12-2017 02:47 PM

A nice father-daughter project, regardless of age. You did a great job showing her the way. I have 3 knives that are waiting for a new life.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 04:08 PM

Very cool Rich! Good for her taking an interest.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 01-13-2017 11:55 AM

Great job, passing on a talent to your children is the best part.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 01-13-2017 04:41 PM

Looks super Rich,I find teaching very rewarding.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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