|Project by nomercadies||posted 05-20-2012 05:28 AM||1213 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I have a couple of granddaughters. It is a long distance relationship. I remember the close, one on one times, I had with my grandfathers and long to be the adult, as much as I am capable of being an adult, with my grandchildren as well. It isn’t easy, and the thought of just being one person in a crowd at an athletic event or school play is nice … and supportive, but doesn’t come close to mimicking the way I remember my times with my grandfathers.
I looked for an activity that we both liked and found one of my granddaughters was getting interested in watching and learning about birds. What a natural to join my love of woodworking with her love of learning together in building a bird feeder. I know. A bird feeder is kind of pedestrian in this GarageWoodWorkers world of race cars, but a bird feeder it was.
As it turns out she really likes building things too, so it was even better. I hope I am feeding a young hunger for more … as well as birds.
In the project we built a “7” like you see attached to so many “For Sale” signs. We outfitted it with a pulley system including a counterweight. By lifting the counterweight, she can lower the feeder to a level where she can clean and refill the feeder. Mom and Dad don’t have to be involved. Such independence!
She was involved with the assembly of the parts I manufactured at my home and transported with me on a visit to her home, a good hour and a half away. She runs a drill and swings a hammer like a junior pro.
The time together was very fulfilling to me. She seemed to show pride and ownership in the project. I hope she remembers the grand adventure. I think building relationships through doing things of real value, together, is a large part of happiness. Thank goodness we share a woodworking interest. I can’t picture myself in a tutu.
Her sister is interested in dolls and is enjoying a doll house her mother and I built years ago. But, that is for another posting.
We had to change over to a thistle feeder after we ran the regular bird feeder for a while as the regular feeder turned out to be a squirrel feeder instead of a bird feeder. This summer we will be experimenting with squirrel fooling. Should be fun.
-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"