Tag Archives: children

The Folly of “Prepping”

What is the best way to preserve a seed?  I first came across this question in a gardening book, and it’s a trick question.  The answer, of course, is to plant it. I have thought about that question a lot … Continue reading

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Build a Cedar Bench in an Hour

One summer afternoon not long ago, my wife and oldest daughter had gone out, leaving me to mind the little ones.  We decided to make a fire in the fire pit and roast hot dogs for supper.  We lit the fire … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: Kid-Friendly Woodworking Books

Summer reading isn’t just for grown-ups.  With the kids out of school, it’s just the time for everybody, young and old, to do some reading for fun.  As a woodworking father of four young children, I’m always on the lookout … Continue reading

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Building Bunk Beds in Burma

Not long ago, my brother led a small team of Americans as they completed a major woodworking project for an orphanage in Myanmar (formerly Burma), in Southeast Asia.  The orphanage, which houses approximately 120 children, had no proper beds for … Continue reading

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Published!

At the risk of redundancy, I just want to point out that, should you happen to see this issue of WOOD Magazine (March 2014) in the checkout lane at Lowes, I think you should buy a copy.  Because I got … Continue reading

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What Are Some Good, Kid-Friendly Woodworking Projects?

I got an e-mail the other day from a guy who, like me, regularly has kids in his shop, and he asked for some ideas for simple projects that kids could help build.  He mentioned making some wooden swords with … Continue reading

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Woodworking with Children: Lots of Pictures

It’s high time I share a few more pictures of my children working (and playing) in my shop space.  The following pictures are from the previous year and a half. All four kids at the bench checking out various tools.  … Continue reading

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In Defense of Cursive

Handwriting is as much a handicraft as joinery or carving–and perhaps more so–as it requires careful use of hand tools to make something significant.  Writing efficiently by hand–writing both quickly and legibly–is something between a skill and a high art, … Continue reading

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Addendum: Training the Next Generation of Woodworkers

As a follow-up to my last post, I would like to offer a few more observations about passing on the knowledge of your craft to the next generation. 1. If your children are grown, all is not lost. There may … Continue reading

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How to Start Training the Next Generation of Woodworkers

This being a bookish blog, let me begin with a picture not obviously related to woodworking. The year was 2008.  I was in the thick of writing my doctoral dissertation, and I was spending much of my time reading academic … Continue reading

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