|Project by nomercadies||posted 05-22-2012 07:52 AM||2522 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
Thomas the Engine is big stuff with little people. So big, the cost of equipment to supply the desires of children and grandchildren is extraordinary. So when I was able to come upon a Log Loader for my grandson’s Thomas the Engine Log Hauling Train Cars, at a used price, I was all over it. Of course there was a reason for the low price. The Log Loader came with only a couple of logs. Two logs does not a logger make.
I had repeatedly read and heard other woodworkers talk about working with their kids when they were old enough. I wondered what age was old enough. Some men talked about eight being almost old enough. I was sixty-five and my grandson was almost three … I did the math and wondered if I was going to be able to remember which end of the hammer to sharpen when I got to seventy and he was “almost eight.” Folks might think he was too young to be around tools then, but later they might be trying to keep me from getting too close to sharp things.
What a quandary.
I was recovering from total knee replacement (see scar) and had some time on my hands so I asked my grandson if he would help me make toys. He most assuredly would!
Now this might be the longest description of a couple of people cutting a dowel rod, but it really isn’t about cutting a dowel rod. It is about a wood pusher trying to infect a young unsuspecting almost infant with the dreaded LumberJock syndrome. Shameful, I know, but somehow exhilarating.
So I guess the magic age for woodworking is two and eleven twelfths. Monday was his birthday. He holds up four fingers now. (He has five, he just holds up four. Safety first.)
We wrote on the end of the new logs. Each has their own number so we were able to practice our number recognition too. No sense in missing on that part of it.
You can guess, I got as much out of it as he did. Family building through woodworking is a wonderful adventure.
Pictured is the LumberJocks Two Man Logging Saw I invented “after” the project. Maybe next time.
-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"