Grandsons in the woodshop

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Project by rustfever posted 06-25-2011 11:56 AM 1453 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week, two Grandsons joined me in the wood shop. AJ, 9 years old, had a field day. He made a number of pens, a bowl, and a baseball batt. I previously submitted the batt.
But today, I’d like to show the work he did on the bowl and the pens.
The bowl started life as a Claro Walnut rootball I was given. I broke it down and air dried it for a year, then last fall, I started to turn a rough blank. When I had it about 1.25” thick, I set aside in shavings inside a box.
Fast forward to now.
AJ wanted to turn a bowl out of figured Claro. I started him on the air cured blank. He spent the better portion of two days on the lathe working on this. When done with turning, scraping, and sanding, I taught him the Beall Three Step Polishing & Wax system. This is the results.
He also turned a number of pens, including this Slimline with the Celtic knot. [He also turned a Wallstreet II Claro Walnut pen with Celtic Knot, but I failed to get any pics.]
We, he, I and his 17 yo brother, had a grand 5 days in the shop. This is just some of the results.
I wish I had the photographic skills to match his woodworkign skills!
Proud Grandpa

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 12:05 PM

A talented future LJ member in the making.Nice bowl turning. It took me quite awhile to turn a bowl as nice as your grandson. Great job! The pen is another beautiful piece. I have never tried to turn one, but seeing how well your grandson did, I may try it in the future. You must be very proud.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 12:48 PM

That’s nice work for a youngster and he should be congratulated on getting started early in life. They both will learn all kinds of things that will benefit them throughout life while working in the shop. You should also be congratulated granddad for helping show them the way.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 02:43 PM

Great job. and some wonderful wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 03:30 PM

I wish my bowls came out that well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 04:00 PM

The smiles and the tone of your article say it all. Nothing like a little shop time and instruction to make a younger person become a friend and in this case a much loved relative. They know they have the best Grandpa in the
world and you know you have the best pair of grandsons. Thank you for sharing. Oh yes, the wood working,
both the bowl and the pen are terrific.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#6 posted 06-25-2011 04:40 PM

Great job and a wonderful learning experience for the children.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#7 posted 06-26-2011 12:29 AM

Ira, yu know even the safety specks & the ear muffs cant hide that beautiful big ear to ear grin on thoes boys faces. They will remember that day in the shop with their Grandpa.
I rekon give then a bit & you will be the one getting lessons, a couple of tallented boys you are teaching them well, & again great to see the safety training.
Top job Ira :))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Blake Thornton

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#8 posted 06-26-2011 08:06 PM

That’s so awesome!

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