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
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
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
Let them learn good values in the shop!