[…] had hundreds if not thousands passing through each year and it’s here that we are able to connect with the upcoming generations. I always like the way kids somehow sponge-up things they’ve never seen and are fascinated with the simplicity hand tools bring to the real world. I say real world because fantasy dominates […]

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I met some kids a short time back, two or three weeks ago now, open-faced, funny, healthy, happy children, the way we all think for the main part that kids should be. These children were 9 years of age but the unique thing was that they were in their third year of […]

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[…] safety issues blog I made mention of. The response speaks for itself and though the issues in the blog remain valued concerns, the team taking care of the kids did have the safety issues in mind but missed it a bit on the image they used, which we all do from time time to time.
Dear […]

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[…] further exacerbate things, these days of course, with households needing dual income capability to pay the bills and advance the careers of both partners, it’s not surprising kids are developing their own subculture independent of their their fathers at least and probably both parents. I wasn’t altogether sure where, when, how or why this […]

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[…] range at the show and on Friday  it was all adults because of school. I think that the show could have been a great field trip for kids to learn about craft as an alternative, but that wasn’t to be. Where are you D&T resistant materials teachers? We could have reached three hundred kids […]

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[…] The Wiidworking Shows has a lot to offer. Craft Supplies http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/, the nationally recognised wood turning suppliers gets my vote for the most influential trainers for kids at the show in Springfield MA this weekend and over the last couple of decades too. Their booth offers a free pen making for kids and […]

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[…] door and off the bench and pull out the spokeshave and start engaging them with you in the shop. Real woodworking begins with parents learning alongside their kids. It’s a gentle thing not a macho issue and learning to work with wood is made all the easier if you follow my tube videos or […]

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[…] marked increase in children at The Woodworking Shows’ show Saturday as I said in my last blog and Sunday was the same too. Lathes were spinning and kids were asking questions and staff in the booths reached out to them to encouj It’s a unique opportunity for children and parents to come to these […]

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[…] become a new reality for many, but then there are those who are just enjoying themselves and having a ball working in the garage workshop with their kids. The pandemic has not at all been all doom and gloom, you see. It has been a very sad period for many. I know we each […]

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[…] he would have been in for a serious whipping if he’d left a plane upright on the bench. I thought to myself,”Wow, all the way in Melbourne kids were getting into the same hot water for not laying their planes down on their side.” I said, “Really.” I nodded. “Oh, yeah.” I tried to […]

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  • KeithW on Making is LivingFor similar reasons I worked 100+ hour weeks at busy times> I guess the pressure to do something just means that you get on and do it. I am assuming that you didn't do 150 in an…
  • Paul Boegel on The Closing Life of a Fine ManIn some societies he would qualify for sainthood. He had power and used it to help others. Others do not do so well with it unfortunately.
  • charlie on Working Wood 1&2 AvailabilityTēnā koe Paul, I picked up this book from a retiring woodworker friend of mine who highly recommended your YouTube channel. And it has been life-changing, no exaggeration. I've mad…
  • Paul Sellers on Making is LivingI hope no one here has to ever make 150 a day. I was feeding my family at a time when there was a need for work so I designed these back in the late 1980s. It worked. My first orde…
  • KeithW on Making is LivingHad a go at making a log birdbox today. Used my electric chainsaw to do the work. Made the back, lid and base from log outside slices and nailed it together. Will see if it attract…
  • Kragh Hertel on Working Wood 1&2 AvailabilityThanks for the update, Paul. A question/suggestion. Do you ever update your blog posts to reflect conditions like this, so readers don't have to wonder, or find out by following li…
  • Paul Sellers on The Closing Life of a Fine ManThank you, Peter. I see my mistake. I was impressed by it when I read it in today's Daily Telegraph. They did the greatest honour and tribute to our dearly departed Duke, His Royal…