Hitting Stuff in Order to Have Stuff to Hit Other Stuff With

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Project by PlumberMike posted 08-12-2020 06:18 AM 1145 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 6 and 8 year old sons don’t have any tools yet… Time to fix that!

-- "The cut worm forgives the plow." - William Blake

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#1 posted 08-12-2020 01:01 PM

Looks like eastern red cedar? I’d say that the soft wood won’t make the best mallets, but considering the ease of carving and your young helpers, then it’s a great choice. Certainly better than giving them a chunk of locust or persimmon and thinking that they will enjoy hours of time it will take chipping out the shape. Awesome that you’ve started them into such a rewarding hobby and skill, hopefully their interest will last a lifetime :)

-- Most of my tools are older than I am

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#2 posted 08-12-2020 01:55 PM

Thank you! I chose the cedar based on the ease they would have forming the handles. In hind sight it probably would have been best to use hard wood, but my boys don’t have the easiest time staying focused or being patient. Eventually they’ll better understand delayed gratification. When that time comes were stepping up to joiner mallets. Baby steps. I can’t count the number of Interest or Hobbies my parents tried to dump in my lap forcefully. The resulting attitude I still carry towards these things to this day was not their intended outcome, I’m certain!

-- "The cut worm forgives the plow." - William Blake

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#3 posted 08-12-2020 03:39 PM

thats fantastic your getting them exposed to woodworking most schools no longer offer shop classes so the kids dont get introduced to the trades anymore.hopefully it will be something they carry through out their lives.welcome to lumber jocks hope you enjoy it here.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 08-12-2020 05:38 PM

Absolutely you are welcome. There will always be something good to be said about making something with your hands, that can be appreciated by somebody else, even after we are gone. Especially something like a mallet, or a carving knife, a plane, or a saw handle. You can feel the history every time you pick it up, and it will remind you of time past, in a way that a picture never can.

-- Most of my tools are older than I am

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