My sons school project

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Project by EAGLE posted 03-30-2008 11:34 PM 2229 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pics of my son and his classmates working inside and outside of my shop building a replica of a boat from the Viking era as a project for school. I did very little of the work! what I did was make a sample and show them how to do it and then they made the pieces that went on the boat. And yes, Debbie, as you can see there is a mandate for safety glasses in my shop. You only get one set of eyes.


(also get parents permission before allowing anyone to use your tools, I do.)

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 11:39 PM

Great looking boat kids.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 11:43 PM

looks like fun…maybe they (or 1) will go onto continuing woodworking…I love how you taught them…then let them takeover…awesome project…(this coming from a History teacher!!!)

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 11:56 PM

awesome job!
Yah teach them the mandatory safety precautions and never make exceptions.

The boat is awesome and the learning experience: priceless.
(And look at how much fun they are having!!!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 03-31-2008 12:04 AM

Hey Eagle, tell the guys that they’ve built a great looking boat, Eric himself may have wanted a ride on. I like how they’ve added the sails. When do they plan to have its Launching, the way it’s constructed it appears to be Water Ready….keep up the good work…...your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#5 posted 03-31-2008 01:57 AM

This is the very thing I love to see. These kids are learning way more than how to build a boat. We are witnessing pictures today of what without a doubt will become their lifelong memories. Talk about pictures worth a thousand words. These are team players here. Safety, let alone the history (viking era.) They are learning patience. Oh What a rewarding experience for these kids! Perhaps our future Architects! YES!!! Thanks for sharing.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#6 posted 03-31-2008 02:23 AM

Hi Eagle,

I love seeing children involved in a project like this. It does wonders for their imagination and ingenuity. It is far better for them to do something like this than playing video games all day.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-31-2008 02:34 AM

I love the looks on the boys faces in the first picture. Your suggestion about getting permission from the parents is a really good one.

-- Chelle

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#8 posted 03-31-2008 02:54 AM

cool. great looking boat. turns out my friend is coming over this Friday so we can make a viking ship out of some veneer and bent lamination. thanks for the post.

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#9 posted 03-31-2008 06:17 AM

Hi Eagle

This is a win win situation. Boys working together, boys learning history, boys learning a craft and a man like you that is willing to take time to teach them. Your are a good man Eagle! What we need in this world is more dads like you. Tell the boys the ship looks great.Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 03-31-2008 11:14 AM

Thanks for the post. It is encouraging to see youngsters enjoying woodworking. It is also encouraging to see an adult willing and able to mentor.

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#11 posted 03-31-2008 11:22 PM

Great way to get kids interested in woodworking.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 04-02-2008 03:43 AM

The only thing more gratifying than having a kid delight over something you made for them… is the delight that we feel when the pride shows on the faces of kids when they finish their own first projects.

And, from your photo, it looks like they’re being taught about safety too!

Good Work.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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