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The youngest is busy making her Christmas presents this year, and is turning snowmen. This year the lathe is mounted on the cabinet I restored under this post

https://www.routerforums.com/kp91s-gallery/136535-trash-treasure-sort.html#post1975789

We adjusted things a little go the late at about a perfect height for her and it seems to be working well.

She's running a little behind, so we cheated and started with 2 inch dowels from Home Depot and Lowes. The Lowes dowels are solid poplar, and the HD dowels are actually glued up from 2 pieces of something that looks like pine. We dug through the pile of them and found one with a very close grain and it seems to turn OK.

She is still working on her technique, and remembering to touch up the tools every so often, but she is knocking these out in pretty short order. I think the target for this year is 12, Hopefully they will all be ready for paint by Sunday!


**the funny looking helmet is her Powered Air Respirator. She has asthma, and this unit has been a lifesaver for her in the shop. It is an old 3M unit designed for dust and paint fumes, and works like a charm. It may not be as 'cool looking' as the newer versions, but for the price I was able to get if for it's perfect**
 

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creativity at it's finest...
KUDOS toy your youngest...
 
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We are ultimately judged by how the future looks back upon us....and if it is with a smile, it has been a life well lived.

A gentlemanly tip of the hat to ya Doug! Well done!!
 

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The snowmen are very good. The respirator is a great idea for her plus the safety factor of the face mask itself. I have asthma but nothing in the shop affects it. If I get into a lot of dust without a dust mask, I get two things- plugged up sinuses and a lecture from SWMBO.
 

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One more reason not to like HD.

Look like snowmen to me. She's doing good. Make and sell stuff like that would be a good way for her to make some $.
 
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I bet she's having fun, and enjoys working with Dad. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
:wink: she makes it abundantly clear that Dad isn't allowed around when she's turning..... it's her project. unless she needs something :wink:
 

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Great to see young people in the shop learning some skills other than how to text faster than friends. I know I tried to get my son interested in woodworking but he never showed any interest except when it was time to leave the shop for the day.

Great to see her wearing the full head filter unit, I have an expensive Air Shield unit I use because of COPD and it helps tremendously when it comes to not eating dust all day while sanding turnings and keeps the chips out of the eyes.

She is doing a great job on those snowmen. Hope she keeps her interest in woodworking.
 

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Great to see young people in the shop learning some skills other than how to text faster than friends. I know I tried to get my son interested in woodworking but he never showed any interest except when it was time to leave the shop for the day.

Great to see her wearing the full head filter unit, I have an expensive Air Shield unit I use because of COPD and it helps tremendously when it comes to not eating dust all day while sanding turnings and keeps the chips out of the eyes.

She is doing a great job on those snowmen. Hope she keeps her interest in woodworking.
Both girls played a little in the shop growing up, mainly when they wanted or needed something and had to make it. I tried both on the scroll saw for a while, but they didn't always have the patience.

My crazy work schedule has made both of them have to learn to fix things and work with their hands. They can unjam the garbage disposal, clear a drain, replace the flush valve on toilets... hopefully the can survive in the wild when they leave the house.

Both have taken at least one Technical Education class in High School, the oldest went into Mechanical Drawing/Computer Aided Drafting, then enjoyed the teacher so much she took an engineering class the second year, earned her AutoCad certified user certificate and did very well, and was made a teacher's aide the next year in that class. It's definitely helping her in College.

The youngest started turning pens after taking a class at WoodCraft, and enjoys goofing off on the lathe. Her interest has its ups and downs, but she enjoys making things. She is a little bit of a wood collector (hoarder), and has acquired some very interesting pen blanks to date. She is having a blast in her 'construction technology' class, and is holding her own with the young men in her group. It's definitely been a therapy class for her, as she has some heavy duty courses this year.
 

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Great project and well executed. Glad to see your daughter is interested in woodworking. One of the discussions that repeatedly comes up at the woodworking club I belong to is the declining number of the younger generations that are interested in woodworking or going into it as a vocation. Haven't come up with a solution yet but we do some outreach when we can.
 

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Great project and well executed. Glad to see your daughter is interested in woodworking. One of the discussions that repeatedly comes up at the woodworking club I belong to is the declining number of the younger generations that are interested in woodworking or going into it as a vocation. Haven't come up with a solution yet but we do some outreach when we can.
Barry,

A quick project that can be accomplished in 30-50 minutes is key at first. Kids don't have patience to watch the glue dry. That is why I like the scrollsaw (and later on the lathe) because you can 'see' a project come together before your eyes. It's especially harder in the high-speed internet generation.

Daughter 1 enjoyed the creative nature of the hobby, she was not comfortable around power tools. She told me that the scrollsaw just terrified her at first. In her case I probably should have used more hand tools with her.

Both girls enjoyed making pinewood derby cars for scouts, and I think that is a great way to get youngsters started with basic tools. I love that Lowes and HD have quick projects to build on Saturday mornings, we only built one project there however because our Saturdays were always packed with sports.

The good news is that the current 'Maker Movement' is bringing a lot of 20 year olds into the creating hobby. They tend to do projects that involve mixing different materials, or modifying existing projects but they still acquire a lot of the skills over time. Hopefully there will be a few converts to woodworking. I am thankful every day for some of the talented YouTube channels, who can package the hobby in an interesting and relevant way to these kids. They learn, they get inspired, and maybe get their feet wet in the hobby as well.
 

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kp91 hit it on the nail head (don't forget to countersink it). Our turning club has a few young members but the core is older grey headed or bald headed guys. We do have three ladies that turn some fantastic things. Schools are closing wood shop as no one is interested in it. One person somewhere said a while back they can make more money designing video games.
 

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John, our club too is mostly older guys but we do have some younger and some women. We have over 100 members and the average meeting has 50 - 60 attendees. The club meets in Sarasota, FL so, during the season, which runs roughly from after Thanksgiving to Easter, we also get some "snow birds" and the attendance goes up. I don't know what the future of woodworking will be. My uncles were woodworkers and built store fixtures. They had a good business for a lot of years but, in the end, couldn't compete with factory built stuff.

My career happened to be in IT. It's a good field when you're young but not when you get older. You don't find a lot of companies looking for 50 year old programmers.
 

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kp91 hit it on the nail head (don't forget to countersink it). Our turning club has a few young members but the core is older grey headed or bald headed guys. We do have three ladies that turn some fantastic things. Schools are closing wood shop as no one is interested in it. One person somewhere said a while back they can make more money designing video games .
Sad that it’s come to this. I can see a generation with no life smarts whatsoever coming up .
Well there already here actually
 

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Schools are closing wood shop as no one is interested in it. One person somewhere said a while back they can make more money designing video games.
Not sure on that, heard years ago schools were doing away with shop because they could save money by doing that. And yes, some of the kids do want to design video games - so they don't have to work.

Doing away with shop is leading to less competent workers, AC, carpenters, and so on. I think it is a major error on doing away with shop classes. I took shop from the 4th grade on, hand tools, then a huge belt/disc sander in the 9th grade, and a coal forge. In the 10th grade we moved to power tools, commercial table saw, metal lathe, metal milling machine, and a new variety of hand tools. Also drafting. I helped make the sheet metal hood for the coal forge. Learned metal casting, welding. I went in the Army after high school, and didn't keep track of any of my classmates. Did later find out that two made their livings making pole barns, and one went from backyard body work to owning a body shop.

Doing away with shop is a major error to my mind. Be better off doing away with computer class - they seem to pick that up on their own anyway.

Oops, forgot to mention. Those snowmen look as good as any I have seen in stores. They should sell well if she decides to sell some.
 
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