|Project by rustfever||posted 06-20-2011 01:17 AM||1501 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Last week, I had the great opportunity to teach my Grandsons some of the steps in the art of woodworking. Our experiences started in St. Louis with a five day drive to California. We made some side trips and new experienced new sights while crossing the western US. After a weekend with friends and family, the boys then spent 5 long hard days in shop. Our first endeaver was baseball batts.
Our first challenge was to measure an existing legal hardball bat and to convert those measurement into a plan.
Each boy, 17 yo Jonathn and 9 yo Andrew. then learned the basics of ‘Turning’. They started with kiln dried billets of Ash. Granddad would only do a single step, just enough to demonstrate the proper & safe operation. Each boy had to do all of the remainder of the work including the measuring and confirmation of the their work.
Of course, Granddad was standing within a foot or two, observing everything, continously.
Andrew had a major problem, however. My brand new [as in 2 weeks old] Wixey Digital Calipers went wild and would reset itself with a ‘bogus’ measurement. [It will be going back to Woodcraft on Monday.]
Jonathan’s batt ended up at about 33.5” in length. Andrew’s was 30” long.
By the way, we had only one ‘Injury’. The older boy found a sliver of wood while sanding. That ‘find’ drew a drop of blood. One Bandaid later, and he was back to work.
I will soon be sending more pictures of their skills, successes, and results.
-- Rustfever, Central California