I recently added to my power tool collection. in december, i had a borrowed scroll saw, but thanks to Christmas presents and advances on birthday presents I also have a sander and drill press. I have just come to realize that i am very prone to wanting tools. i can’t see an end in sight for it, there is always something better, faster, more accurate. \Do you know how pot is supposed to be the entry drug to harder more addictive drugs? No one told me that scroll saws were an entry tool. now i am ready to trade a kidney for the right table saw.
one benefit that i was not expecting with my new interest in toy making is that the kids are huge fans of being involved in the projects. \i knew that they woud want to do thier own thing.. dad can you make me a …, but they have a real interest in the projects i do for my own pleasure as well. it amazes me how the most unexpected things can teach me things about parenting. i guess we never really get to the end of the parenting tool quest either. just when you think you have every thing you need to be the parent you want to be, something happens that reminds you that there is still work to do. i have attached a piece of a blog called “daddy loves you” that i thought some of you might like, you can read the whole thing on www.gentletruth.blogspot.com
My daughter is about 12 years old. While I can’t be certain how hard she will crash into the hormone wall we know as puberty (the pre-pubescent boy in me still wants to giggle when I say that word), my work with teenagers leads me to believe that any day now she will wake up and then we won’t get along for about a decade. I want you to understand that I love my kids more than I love my next breathe, but there is something about the teenaged years that test even the best father/daughter relationships. I wonder if these challenges are based on the fact that some dads just don’t feel comfortable talking about emotions. Lots of dads see themselves as the person who fixes things in the family. Dads can fix problems, dads can fix jump shots, dads can fix lawn mowers, but emotions are these weird things that not only defy fixing, they ask Dads to use tools that may not be comfortable handling. If forced to choose between using a power tool that could easily cut off an arm or using a listening technique that may lead to crying, I know lots of dads that could get used to the nickname Stumpy.
-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.