Dad and Victoria Carving up Mother's Day

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 05-11-2014 11:06 PM 2100 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I asked “Victoria what are your plans for Mother’s Day?”
The reply 2 weeks ago was “Ida Know”.
The reply 1 week ago was “Ida Know”.
The reply 3 days ago was “Ida Know”.
The reply at 4:00 PM yesterday was “Ida Know”.

I asked, “How about a personalized name plate for her desk?

Her reply “OK … I guess.”

I love my brand new teenager with all of my heart but sometimes her exuberance is a little underwhelming.

I found a hunk of Bass Wood and asked her to write down Martha’s name. I got out the carving tools and with my very beginner-ish efforts I carved out the name plate in a few hours. I gave her sand paper, Warm Cherry Stain and wipe on poly and said go for it.

She did at that! I think her finishing work is better than my carving. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 05-11-2014 11:14 PM

Looks good. I’ll bet Mom loved it.

And was Mom proud when Victoria said ”I did it myself! Well, Dad helped” ?

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

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#2 posted 05-11-2014 11:21 PM

Joe – Mom was happy with that little gift – Whew! I guess the charm is that it looks like a kid made it. “ALL” of it. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 05-11-2014 11:46 PM

Great gift for mom. Be thankful that she will work with you, you must be doing something right.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 12:27 AM

Nothing like getting in under the wire! Nice rescue, Mark!! and nice desk sign!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-12-2014 12:27 AM

What an awesome Mothers Day gift. nicely done… Nice to see I am not the only one with indecisive children.. :o)

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#6 posted 05-12-2014 01:35 AM

Nice job on the carving Mark. It does get easier. You are definitely on your way.
The part that really gets me is your girl knew how to finish it. I’d say she is a bit past the knowledge curve for a 13 year old.

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#7 posted 05-12-2014 01:43 AM

Good job on the carving. Good luck with the teenager.

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#8 posted 05-12-2014 02:14 AM

Monte, you brought up the question of a lifetime. Am I doing the right thing by my daughter? I can say for certain that my Wife is definitely doing the right thing. ;) I’m just lucky to be around.

Jim, thank you sir! I look at it as an acceptable carving. I’ve seen worse, meaning my other carvings. Still – if my daughter were to give me one – I would cherish it. I think that’s what counts.

Jeff, thank you very much for the high compliment. My boy passed through his teen years much differently. My girl is a little bit self centered right now. We’ll work on it. :)

Thanks for the compliment Carver. I remembered that Victoria helped me stain some shelves and brush on three coats of poly with sanding in between.

Freddy – thank you sir! I’ll take all the luck I can get.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 05-12-2014 02:44 AM

Great job, and beautiful daughter.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 05-12-2014 03:09 AM

Thanks John! I’d tell her she is beautiful but.. No buts. I’ll pass it in.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 05-12-2014 03:39 AM

Beautiful Job…!!

Very nice carving…


Nice plaque too! :)

Great day! Enjoy!

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#12 posted 05-12-2014 04:48 AM

Howdy Joe! Thanks for the reminder. Victoria is far more precious than anything I can fashion out of wood or any bit of music I can write.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 05-12-2014 08:12 AM

Bravo!Great gift!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 05-12-2014 10:48 AM

Wow, so you’ve got your daughter sanding and finishing projects for you? That sounds like a sweet deal. Do you think she might be interested in sanding and finishing a dining room table? Because I know a way she could get her hands on something like that. I’d be setting her to work in a similar manner on all your future projects!

Joking aside, this is a lovely family gift, and you should be proud to have raised someone who as a teenager likes you enough to do that with you (I work with teenagers… they would not all be as on board as she was). Bravo!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#15 posted 05-12-2014 12:42 PM

Ivan – thank you very much sir.

Bailey, it sometimes takes a little bit to get her moving on the small projects. I wonder how much it will take for an entire dining room table? How many chairs? 12? We better get started now. With her new attitude toward work, she’ll be done by the time she graduates from College.

I say that in jest. But I do have a major project for her to help on. We still haven’t built her bedroom furniture. What I hope to do is show her that she can work a project from start to finish. That would be the best gift I could ever give her.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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