|Forum topic by stumpbuster||posted 06-25-2015 10:44 PM||448 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-25-2015 10:44 PM
This is seven year old Canyon. I met Canyon at our local Senior Center. Canyon has the mind of a maker he likes to make all kind of things. At one of our Senior Center BS sessions ( old duffers and BS go hand in hand and yes there is a lot of BS at the SC) Canyon expressed interest in making a balloon jet powered truck. That’s when I opened my big mouth and said we could make one and that is the beginning of our woodworking adventure. But in all fairness I have enjoyed our little build sessions as much or more than him.
I am not sure how a 1st grader comes up with the concept of recycling and repurposing materials. But he insisted that the projects are made from used materials. So we are using an old curb find particle board desk for materials.
At our first build session he brought the plans ( a drawing) and we built a balloon powered truck. He had a little trouble finishing the project all he wanted to do is test. But hay the kid is 7 years old and I might of helped a little with the testing (it was fun.). As you may have noticed being 7 he is a little short to reach the top of the bench ect. So for his second project he designed a step stool to stand on.
One of Canyons interests is midevel gaming so for his third project he designed a trebuchet . The design had to be modified to make it easer to build. After the Trebuchet build was far enough along to test I had so much fun testing he had to remind me it was his Trebuchet. His grandmother was watching the build now every time she sees me I get a little jab about playing with the Trebuchet.
The pictures show the result.
I have tried to make the woodworking experience as pleasant and rewarding as possible. I have kept the build sessions at 2 hours or less with a break for refreshments, or to drain off excess energy (his not mine). Future generations need individuals that can actually make things.
-- I create opportunities for design change and modification, not mistakes.