|Project by justjoel||posted 05-11-2010 07:35 PM||3131 views||8 times favorited||34 comments|
Okay, this project in no way matches the beauty and expertise of any of the other works of art that I’ve seen here, so forgive me if I’ve broken a posting rule, but I think you will all appreciate it just the same.
My father makes reproduction antique furniture, mostly shaker style. He also makes knife boxes, game boards, whirligigs, doll beds and such, all from re-claimed lumber. He taught me that EVERYTHING you learn is like a tool in your toolbox for life.
For my son’s 8th birthday party we decided that rather than give the kids those silly little bags of cheap toys and candy, we’d have them make something to take home with them. I of course pre-cut and pre-drilled the lumber, then had the boys assemble their own toolboxes. (Mom had them make their own individual pizzas too.)
As we were putting these together, I talked about what a tool is, “Is a tool just something like this (holding up a drill)?” – “What about Math, is that a tool?” and such things. The boys all got it, but I don’t imagine the lessons learned here will sink in right away – it’s probably best that they discover and/or rediscover it on their own anyway.
Unintentionally, I showed them that even when you really know what you are doing, you can make a mistake, and that is a lesson too (I had to re-cut a couple of the dowel handles).
Everyone signed each other’s “Brainbox,” and I supplied little stickers to help them remember the lesson.
Only time will tell.
-- Creating something out of something-else is fantastic! Creating something out of nothing is really just (D?)divine!