8 year old granddaughter in the shop

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Blog entry by Bearpie posted 04-17-2011 06:37 AM 2545 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My younger daughter and family came to visit and stay a few days. I thought about what to do to keep them busy and occupied. I sent a PM to Sheila (Scrollgirl) asking for a suggestion appropriate for an 8 year old girl. I racked my mind and the internet searching for a project simple and interesting enough to keep her interest. Sheila answered in a few days as she was on her “Odyssey” for 3 weeks and included a lovely pattern of a bunny bowl to be cut on a scrollsaw. Since Easter was approaching this was a perfect project and the granddaughter loved it.

Look at her intense concentration! I first showed her what to do with the scrollsaw and where not to put her fingers and showed her how to turn the wood and move the wood slowly and not to put too much pressure on the blade. She followed my instructions perfectly and when she first started cutting and turning her project she commented that it was like “Mommy’s sewing machine” and come to think of it I have have to agree with her! Just using a different medium with different results! She does use mommy’s sewing machine with supervision!

The finished project.

Grandpop and Granddaughter posing proudly with the finished project.

Touching farewell picture drawn by my granddaughter.

After we finished cutting and sanding the bunny my wife took over with the painting part, sadly the picture was accidentally deleted and I have no finished picture of the painting. She elected to paint it white with pink for the inner ears.

This is the first time I had done a project with any of my grandkids and I can tell you that it won’t be the last!

Enjoy reading and thanks for looking.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 07:06 AM

That’s awesome! I’ve shown/helped my grandsons build birdhouses out of old cedar fencing last thansgiving. That was a lot of fun. We used the bandsaw for almost all of the cuts.


-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 08:22 AM

You big old softie you, whata buzz “Grandpa” they say a picture speaks a thousand words well guess what, just have a look at that pretty little face & tell me you dont know what I mean.
You have been blessed a thousand times Erwin, great stuff : )))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 12:40 PM

What a special time you had with each other, Erwin! Your grand daughter is beautiful and it is so wonderful to see you sharing your talent with others. There is something about teaching that is just amazing! Thank you for blogging this experience and sharing it with us. I am sure it put a smile on many, many faces. And Evelyn will remember this wonderful day forever, I am sure! :)

(((Hugs))) to you all! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 12:56 PM

Nothing beats sharing the things you love with the ones you love , God bless.

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 02:36 PM

Kudos, great story! :->))

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 02:40 PM

thank´s for sharing this fantastic moment with us Erwin
the pictures says it all…...... she is bite by the woodbug and got the virus now

Granddaughter(name) ..... well done …. keep up the goood work and picking on granddad for knowledge
he loves to have you around and teaching you
but don´t tell him you will take over the scrollsaw before he knows it ... :-)

take care

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#7 posted 04-17-2011 02:49 PM

She has such a determined face!

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#8 posted 04-17-2011 03:22 PM

Erwin, I have to say this is one of the best posts I’ve read in a long time.
You just can’t top spending time with someone you love doing something fun.
And she is going to break plenty of hearts before her time is done !

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#9 posted 04-17-2011 05:34 PM

I have a 10 year old and 13 year old that will be spending about 10 days each with us here in Florida this July but we try to stay out of the intense heat and sun after 11 AM, my wife is a Quilter and I guess they will be learning how to do that but they love to browse around my shop. I think its time they get to build something with Grandpa. LOL thanks for the idea

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#10 posted 04-17-2011 05:50 PM

Well done, Erwin.

Another generation hooked. Woodworking will not die out.

She looks thoroughly engrossed in the scroll sawing. I’m not sure I could do that pattern. But the aspect I like most is how you both look pleased with the result.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 04-17-2011 06:02 PM

Erwin , your granddaughter did a great job on cutting out the bunny . it helps if you have a good help too better keep some good patterns for her for next time she is there

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#12 posted 04-17-2011 06:24 PM


Great to see you getting your granddaughter involved and interested in woodworking.

Just a small safety tip, since her hair is long you might suggest she tie it back to avoid the possibility of getting caught up in operating machinery.

Keep up the good work and remember…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#13 posted 04-17-2011 10:50 PM

Many thanks for the kind words!

HerbC, Very good point, I had not thought of that in the excitement to get her started! I’ll remember that next time as I certainly do not want a scalped granddaughter or an injured one.

Sandhill, I do believe your grandkids are old enough to get started in the shop(with supervision of course!) so go for it and enjoy.

Yes, I thought she did a good job as well although the back of the bunny should have been smooth but that was where she started first and had to figure out how to stay on the line. When she was finished she said she liked the bumps on the back as it reminded her of fur on the bunny. (hint for you Sheila?) ;-) “Out of the mouth of babes”

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 04-18-2011 06:06 AM


It’s so good to see families enjoying time together while doing something profitable, (so much better than playing video games).

And it certainly was generous of Sheila to share a pattern with you that would be appropriate for your young granddaughter.

Thanks for sharing your encouraging story.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 04-18-2011 06:17 AM

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