Raising Gardens and Families

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Project by nomercadies posted 05-18-2012 03:11 PM 3419 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once I said to my oldest daughter, “I don’t want to do things for you, but I would love to do things with you.” I think she took offense to that … at first.

As time went by, I think she understood what I meant. Life is made up of time spent. Some of the most wonderful time is spent doing worthwhile things … together.

I have some elementary skills as a user of tools. It makes me most happy to spend my time using them together with my daughter and grandson creating something as a family. When we are done, we stand back and say, “Look what we did!”

That’s so much better than saying, “Look what my dad built for me.” I can’t think of a more natural way to build family (one of the most precious byproducts of being a LumberJock) Maybe “Family Building” should be considered as a category along with box making and wood finishing.

Gardening is another family time and warm bonding activity.

We joined the two activities as we went about building raised garden beds. The construction is of 2 X 6’s joined with bolts and 2 X 2’s on the corners. There is a 2 X 4 hidden under the soil across the width of the beds at about the half way mark to keep the center of the ten foot beds from bowing out from the soil’s weight. The trellis is made from 1 X 4 half lapped at the corners and strung with twine. Looking back I wish we could have fought the temptation to plant sooo many things in the raised bed, and we could have made the trellis larger. This year will be a little better although I have no complaints.

The corners of the beds are standing on concrete piers the size of a coffee can in diameter and about eighteen inches in depth.

I feel pride as I review the pictures of my grandson exploring the amazing way a “C” clamp works and my daughter learning about and then expertly using the Stanly 71 manual router.

The family time continued to pay off as in the fall we canned pickles from the cucumbers grown in the garden and ate salads from the tomatoes, onions, and peppers.

When I use my grandfather’s tools or perform a skill my father taught me, I feel a very real connection. I think they would have liked that.

I guess our family could build relationships by escorting each other to the casino or raising fighting dogs, but so far LumberJocking seems to work for us.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#1 posted 05-18-2012 04:10 PM

That is so awesome that you are working WITH your kids and making things.

They will grow up with a fearlessness to pick up a hammer and make things happen, rather than waiting for others to take care of it for them. A powerful message of empowerment these days.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 07:07 PM

you are building the greatest build, a family and sounds like you got the best tool made love.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 07:40 PM

One of the best posts I’ve seen in a while.
Family stuff is the best stuff!
Good job !

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#4 posted 05-18-2012 11:22 PM

you have planted a seed!! It will remain with your family for many years to come. My daughter now has the bug and loves to do “WOODY” when she visits…

-- The price of the project can be found in the smiles of those who receive it. Some things are priceless.

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#5 posted 05-19-2012 12:02 AM

That’s a wonderful thing you are doing with your family and an excellent lesson shared across the generations. I love that you feel such a connection with your grandfather and father through the use of tools and skills. In time your own kids will feel that as well and there can be no better experience than seeing this continue with each generation.

My 2 daughters are still too young to handle most tools but my wife loves to take them out to the garden. They help water the plants and assist Mommy with pulling weeds and that kind of thing. I hope to nurture this sense of family time as well as self-reliance in my kids because I’m finding it is something that is more and more lacking in people, not just kids, these days.

Here’s to self-empowerment and self-reliance. Cheers!

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#6 posted 05-19-2012 12:02 AM

Great post mate.
Enjoy the family and the garden.

-- Dave -

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#7 posted 05-19-2012 01:38 AM

Excellent build, building a great family relationshipss are far better than any project I have ever seen. My Daughter is 8 and although she likes to do things togethe most of the time I only get 10-15 minutes before she is on to something else, maybe too young still. She has built a few things with me and one that she saw through to the end.

this is a great post, thanks for sharing.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 05-19-2012 01:50 AM

That is great! I too try to do things with my own, gardening and small projects, but somehow I always end up tending the garden…

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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