The Daughter of a Woodworker - My First Woodworking Experience

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Blog entry by Chris Mobley posted 03-15-2013 02:52 PM 1870 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter wrote this article for my website and I thought I would share it with you all!

Written By: Bonnie Bartay

Some of my favorite memories as a young kid are spending time with my dad in his workshop. From a very young age, I remember playing in his shop while he worked. As an adult, I have helped my father with his construction business and now with Chris Mobley Designs. I do all of the paperwork part and even draw out plans but he does the real magic. I have never actually done any sort of woodworking myself though. After Chris wrote the article about Intarsia and Segmentation Woodworking for Beginners, I decided that I would like to give it a try. I could never hope to be half as good as my father is at this art, but it looks fun.

I took my time and did my research, but I went against my father’s advice, and made my own pattern for my first project. Of course, he was there to help me out, so I felt confident that if I got in over my head he would be there.

There are a few things that I learned from this project.

1) Woodworking is not as easy as my father makes it look. He makes cuts with the saw so effortlessly. This is not the case for me.

2) The scroll saw is not scary. Once I realized the mechanics of it and realized that it was unlikely that I would get hurt, I was much more at ease.

3) I must relax a bit more. The whole time I was cutting out the design, I was so tense that my shoulders are sore. Guiding the wood with your fingertips instead of your whole hand on the scroll saw helps with relaxing.

4) I absolutely love the smell of cedar wood when it is being cut. I have always been a big fan of cedar. In fact, I think it is my favorite wood. I like the look and the smell, but when it is being cut, it is just that much better.

5) Even though the design I picked out is fairly simplistic, a beginner’s pattern should be used for your first project.

It is not completely finished yet, but I have really enjoyed working on this project. I have learned a lot and I have spent some great time with my father. I do not think this will be my last woodworking project, but I think that I need to stick with the business aspect of Chris Mobley Designs and leave the real work up to my father.

-- Chris Mobley -

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#1 posted 03-15-2013 04:26 PM

Awesome! My daughter is six so shes a little too young for most stuff but I give her scrap pieces of wood and she likes to sand, paint, or stain them. Alot of fun and maybe the interest will stick with her as she gets older.

-- "For long you live and high you fly, but only if you ride the tide."

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 04:34 PM

Excellent that your daughter takes interest in your woodworking. I envy you guys that have daughters that do. My 2 daughters (now 37 and 32) wanted nothiing to do with working beside me in my early attempts at woodworking.
I think now that they’re grown with families of their own, they are learning to appreciate some of the things I build and they’d probably be interested now, but they both live too far away for it to be convienent.

Be sure to show us her finished project Dad!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 03-15-2013 04:36 PM

Your family is pretty talented. You guys write well! LOL! And you will probably stimulate the next level of creativity. That is a great thing.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-15-2013 05:34 PM

Thank you all! I am pretty proud of her!

-- Chris Mobley -

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#5 posted 03-16-2013 12:59 AM

Remind your daughter that two of the leaders in the art of Intarsia are women, Judy Gail Roberts and Kathy Wise.
Watch out dad :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 03-16-2013 12:43 PM

That brings back a lot of memories.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#7 posted 03-16-2013 04:19 PM

Possibly the greatest testament to this project.

”I have learned a lot and I have spent some great time with my father”.

Priceless !

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 03-16-2013 06:19 PM

I echo GranpaLen, the best times of my life have been the times with my family, both good and bad. Keep
having fun in the shop and including the family. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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