Passing the Torch
With the passing of iconic woodworkers and one retiring a TV program in 2009, there was a lot of talk about who would take up the cause and so generously share their time and knowledge? Who would lead, teach, and inspire the woodworkers of tomorrow?
The answer is pretty simple as I see it, it is You and Me.
Inspiring the next generation of woodworkers is as simple as allowing the kids, grandkids, or someone you are mentoring share time in the shop.
More Than Woodworking
Spending time in the shop is about so much more than woodworking. It is about being creative, developing problem solving abilities, motor skills, and building relationships.
When the grandkids come out to the shop I am amazed at the cooperative efforts that they share. This seems to take place on it’s own with little guidance from me, but I am always quick to reinforce it with a positive response.
Like Peanut Butter & Jelly
Kids and the shop go together like peanut butter and jelly, and why not? It is like the ultimate craft room in their eyes! You can cut and glue and hammer with out fear of really damaging anything. Compare this to attempting to do crafts at the dining room table.
Only One Rule
When the grandkids come out to the shop, safety is the only rule. I teach them how to use tools safely (only the ones that are appropriate for their age) but other than that, there is no structured guidance. I let them completely express themselves.
There are no standards they have to live up to, only have fun, be creative, cooperative, and safe.
It’s That Simple
You don’t have to be famous to influence the next generation, you just have to share your time.
Share the Love~Share the Knowledge
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com