it’s that time of year , spring break .
REPORT CARD TIME !
i have been tutoring a new student this year ,
or doug as i call him in class .
doug like all students , has potential . he also has allot of questions .
some of them related to woodworking , some just to see if i’m listening .
after working with him for about a year ( in class ) , in a very humble ( 12×14 ) work shed ,
with very cheap toy tools ( tools ‘r’ us ) , we have made a major break through ,
DOUG MADE SOMETHING ! a shelf dado jig for his router . a needle point holder for the wife ,
a box full of DADO’S , and some very spiffy scraps . recycled door workbenches and a deck !
recently , doug spent some of his allowance on some tool up-grades , a hitachi contractor table saw ,
a delta 13” planer , some oshun dado blades , a bench vice , and some clamps .
now there is only room for 2 milk crates in our class , and working in there is really a stretch .
so he is talking ’ new shop ’ !
i saw ’ grand central station ’ , he saw ’ Carnegie hall ’ , ( with the ’ rockets ’ and guest performers ) .
after much thought , and checking his piggy bank , he decided to pour a cement floor in his carport ,
and have an 18’x18’ shop , with the old shop attached .
so on to his grades :
pays attention in class – B+ , he looks at me now .
assimilation – A , i think he’s listening .
motor skills – A- , he doesn’t bump into the tools as much anymore .
cleanliness – A , there is only 1 corner left to clean in the shop .
learning skills – A+ , in this area , doug excels , he relentlessly surfs the internet and harbor freight for tool discounts , and cheaper deals , calls at all hours to share with me his adventures , and asks endless questions about projects on LJ’s .
shares his twinkies – D , i have had 2 since i have known him , and i had to ask !
artistic vision – B+ , this is hard to gage at this time ,
but i feel that our ’ outward bound ’ approach ,
will open many doors for him , and for his age there is still hope .
over all , doug is progressing nicely , and i feel that in 30 to 40 years he will be ready for the work force !
keep your eyes on this rising star , he is ’ going places ’ .
i enjoy our time together , and the wonderful food he cooks to bribe me with .
all in all , a welcome addition to this nut house we lovingly call ’ LUMBERJOCKS ’ .
-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle