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post #21 of 66 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 01:16 PM
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I don't think this applies to woodworking only...

Besides trying to stimulate interest in woodworking or other hobbies to family and friends, space, time, money all get in their way. If you're in the business, it's a lot easier...if it's been a hobby, access to potential learners is much less.

I can't imagine having the neighborhood kids come over when I roll out the machinery to make something...heaven help me if they go home with a splinter...OMG...and then there's the sharp whirly things...

When my granddaughter was only 5 I helped her make a small birdhouse...gave her a bunch of nails and a hammer...you should have heard the screams from my daughter...but she was oh, so tickled pink when we hung it from the walnut tree...

My previous yacht club held junior sailing camp during the summer...parents would drop their kids off for the day...classroom and on the water, then competitions. Couldn't help but chuckle thinking of the expression on the parents face when any of them asked for a boat...

And then there's the other side of the coin... My daughter watched me spend more hours away from home in the IT world and what does she do...Computer Science major in college...SHEEEEZE...can't win... But she did meet her husband there and a great catch he has been...and two wonderful children. But oh, so far away...so I can't teach them much...

At this point I wish I could pass on my learnings...to somebody, to anybody... if any of the neighbor's kids get a cut, you were careless and they "can't come over to play anymore"...

A friend of mine has a 40-year old son...I wouldn't trust him with a Phillips screwdriver for fear of stabbing himself...can't walk down the stairs with a long board for not knowing how to make the turn...and no matter how many times I've shown him how to take nails out of a board, he still manages to bend the nails...

I think back to people I've learned from and what they taught me...I have a lot of "thank yous" to catch up with...wished I had paid more attention...wish I had spent more time with them...

This forum is a great place for anybody with the slightest interest...provided they don't mind the sometimes unsolicited assistance in spending their money...


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Teaching is an amazing process but the first requirement is a mind willing to learn.

As a youngster one of my mentors explained it very well, "no matter how educated you are, learn a trade for that knowledge will always serve you". As one advances through the years, the value of that point becomes even more obvious, particularly as one becomes involved in the "joys of home ownership".
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Originally Posted by JFPNCM View Post
"no matter how educated you are, learn a trade for that knowledge will always serve you".
Had a friend in high school (mostly is theater) who took shop and made sets for our tiny theater. Last time I met him, he had set up a company that made "sets" for amusement parks. On the way to that he'd taught tech theater and built sets for the Mark Taper in Los Angeles and passed his knowledge along to many others. He also made films and today has a film production services company. Those woodworking skills from long ago served him all his life, and I think it still does.
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"Take your mind back to 1958 if you will, I'm a young kid (15) in grade 11 at King Edward High School in Vancouver."

I guess you're in the clear for '73...
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I was raised in a large family, 10 kids, 1934 to 1957, had hardly a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of. Consequently, we did most everything ourselves, repaired our own cars, clothes, house and so on. Always rejigging the house. Add a room, dig a basement, by hand, shingle a roof, remodeled kitchens and baths and whatever else. That seemed to be the way it was in those days. Time went by, two kids, son and daughter and my wife taught school. On Sundays during their early years, the kids and I would roam around new housing subdivisions being built. (before security guards) I had shuffled off to California for a few years when younger, construction and house building. My daughter became very interested in housing and eventually graduated university in Architecture, backpacked around Europe for a month then started working. It was Architecture for a dozen or so years, until about 2012 when she tossed it in, tired of deadlines and business travel and wanted something "hands on". By this time she had bought and paid for her condo in town. She had made several pieces of furniture in her spare time, as yet unmarried. She also loved hiking. Peru, Costa Rica, Scotland, and had met most of her fellow hikers on line. For a break ( which they all seem to need these days) she travelled to Istanbul, stayed a week, met up with some from Scandinavia and went on to Nepal where they joined a group and trekked up Mount Everest ( to the base camp she said) No permits to go further. They trekked in the area for another 6 weeks and then split up to go their separate ways. Back home she got a government grant to take "women in trades". Basic wiring, carpentry, plumbing, tile setting, etc. Finishing that, she worked with a mentor renovating a couple of houses, top to bottom and inside out. Set off on her own, building decks, garden sheds, repairs and small jobs and just recently finished her first complete bathroom reno. Gutted it and started from scratch. She is now working with another woman in the same business. Kitchens, bathrooms, painting etc. She has two more bathroom renos lined up. When we have those close moments she always tells me it was me that got her started. I really think she should be in teaching or some instructional field. I've always worried that she has followed in my footsteps too closely. These days a person can't fly by the seat of their pants. Reading these posts I get the feeling there are few these days that don't just stare at small screens. So few that want a "hands on" experience. Maybe I should get out more.
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Originally Posted by DaninVan View Post
"Take your mind back to 1958 if you will, I'm a young kid (15) in grade 11 at King Edward High School in Vancouver."

I guess you're in the clear for '73...
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Good grief...I didn't know that's what happened to it.

Of course I have driven by the old place several times since 1973, at which time I was up in the Yukon.

I remember wondering a few years ago when I was visiting a friend at VGH as to when they demolished the old school. I didn't know it had burned down.

What a terrible end to such a fine old building.

OK, fess up...which one of you clowns stole my sig? It was right here a second ago.
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My dad was a self taught carpenter. He worked with his brother for years building houses. His dad did also. So some of that experience rubbed off on me. Not a lot, but some anyway. I helped build some horse barns (pole barns) and some chicken houses.

So for many years, I have been an on again/off again woodworker. Mostly craft stuff and some light remodeling. For the past few years, I have tried to learn as much as I could and catch up with a lot of things I wanted to do before my bucket gets kicked over.

When the grandkids come over, some want to help, others have their head stuck in their electronic devices.

We (my wife and I) are doing the best we can, one kid at a time.
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Oboy...you are REALLY going to cherish those pictures a few years from now! Wonderful!
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I am 25. I am self taught in woodworking, though I first saw the tools when I attended vocational high school. I wood work regularly and have a my own shop. I also like to build other things, like microcontroller devices (miniature programmable computers). I also like to fix things around my home.

There are many worthwhile skills that are lost to time. Fortunately, real furniture will always be in demand, so I very much doubt wookworking will go away.

The youth today are busy creating new skills in new fields. Some are hands-on and some are not. It can be difficult to see their work because it differs so much in character. Trust that their fields are equally as demanding and equally as enriching. As the complexity of their crafts grow, creativity will continue to flourish in other areas.
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I have considered going to the local hardware stores (Lowes, Home Depot, OSH) and asking if they would be interesting in contributing to a local 'wood workers guild'. I envision it as a decent sized shop, with tools, where people could come in and work on items as well as hold classes on some basic woodworking techniques, etc. It would be a free guild, with people paying voluntary donations or maybe have a 'membership' that would allow people weekend access and such. Perhaps with something like this within the city, close to a highly populated area some interested could be generated in the youth. I know HD has little build classes for kids, but what about when those kids get older? Where do they go? Sure they could go to a trade school or something outside of high school, but with no more woodshop in jr. high and high school there are a number of years where they would have nothing! I don't know what these hardware stores are allowed to do, but perhaps I will go talk to them over the summer and see what, if any, help they would be able to provide. I would also need to look into how the guild would be staffed, as I don't think I could devote all of my time to working for free, but I would definitely be able to spend afternoons there. There are even opened offices/workshop areas in the business park I currently work in. It would be a perfect set up!
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