Kids in the Shop! #10: Entrepreneurial Spirit

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 10-12-2014 03:20 PM 1438 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I mentioned a few moths ago that my daughter got herself an order for 8 pens. She did a great job and the two clients loved them. We kind of dropped the ball on the farm stand thing but hope to pursue that again after the holidays. For the craft fair season this year my wife and I have two different weekends that have two smaller shows happening so we decided to split up. Since we can’t have the pens that I normally make at both locations my daughter has decided to help take up the slack. We went to the local Woodcraft yesterday and she picked out a few of her favorite kits and a few pieces of wood to supplement what we already have on hand. we even stood in the store and discussed the cost of the items and figured out the total cost for products. I am very proud of since she can struggle a bit with math sometimes.

I was able to prep all the pieces for her yesterday and this morning. So she is planning on tackling 5 Seam Rippers, 3 Multifunction Tools, and 10 pens. I am looking forward to working with her in the shop over the next few weeks. Should be fun sharing the lathe as I too have a few orders to deal with along with craft fair stuff. I will post these once she has some done as well as her teacher gifts which she is very excited about being able to do again.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 10-12-2014 05:33 PM

Kids in the Shop.

I’ve been very impressed with the involvement, of you and your Mrs. development, of your daughter’s progress and business ventures in the shop.
It is refreshing to see your investment in the future of your child, while I understand that all children may not be this interested in woodworking, it is still the parent’s who lead their children to explore new possibilities.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- 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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#2 posted 10-12-2014 05:36 PM

Good story. It is great that you can spend quality time with your Daughter like this. Enjoy!!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#3 posted 10-12-2014 07:01 PM

I agree with GrandpLen, guiding your daughter into something that interests her will only help bring out the talent within. Who knows, this could only be the beginning.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 10-12-2014 09:12 PM

I say “Ditto” to what doubleDD said.

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

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#5 posted 10-12-2014 11:52 PM

Sounds like y’all are raising a responsible citizen. Good job Dad.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 10-13-2014 12:57 AM

Thanks All. I and my wife both believe that our daughter should try many new things and find those that most interest her (fortunately turning is one of them) . Trust me we have many different crafty type things sitting around collecting dust that she just lost interest in. We are both very proud of the things that she does and encourage to continue to explore those she likes. Who knows what she will settle on in the future and what will be available by that time, our goal is that she is prepared to chose and can take care of herself.
As far as turning my goal there is that she will far exceed those things I can do.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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