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Letters from Paul Schobernd


 
 

Fathers and GITs...

 

Highly Esteemed Galoots,

I gotta tell ya' that it warms my old heart to hear of all the woodworking with yer youngins'.  And, I have to confess that when my kids were young that I didn't do enough of that WITH them. 

But, I do remember giving my two eldest old braces and bits and they entertained themselves for hours making holes in a rotten stump that they named Holly Evil.  Nobody seems to remember why the stump got a name but, I eventually had to give them limbs to work on because Holly Evil eventually got to be about 3 feet deep as they continued their mining operations with the braces. 

SWMBO thought there might be some chance of the thing collapsing on them.

As I made my usual old tool route today I happened to come across a quite functional brace for small hands. It no doubt was part of a set a some time, but it has a set screw to hold smallish bits and will fit my 3 year old granddaughter's hands quite well.  With her, I resurrected a big piece of 4X4 balsa wood. She can hammer nails in and extract them and should be able to drill holes equally well.

Sometimes we can spend an hour looking at the Tremont Nail website!

For those of you with GITS, be sure to share your woodworking/tool collecting hobby with them early.  Spend that quality time, you won't ever regret it.  I am happy to say that while I didn't share my woodworking with kids as much as I wish I had, 2 out of 3 so far own their own homes and are learning to putter quite well!  My Dad is about 80 and my two eldest are 26 and 30.

Today I can answer most of their questions and help them fix whatever, but still, I have to go to my Dad for some answers!  I hope he lives a long time because he has forgotten more than I know! Intergenerational learning is sorely lacking in our society and anything we can do to share that wisdom from one generation to another is a really good idea.  My Dad and I often get lessons in newer technology from the younger generation so the learning goes back and forth!

From my Dad I learned auto mechanics - up to a point, but best of all he taught me how to swear, for which I shall ever be indebted to him! I also learned things like, you should never take the carburetor off of the car with a hammer! But most importantly he modeled for me the American work ethic of his generation.

Somebody much wiser than me once said, "Don't be concerned that your children don't listen to you, Be more concerned that they are always watching!"

Let them learn good values in the shop!

Paul in Normal, Illinois


 
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