Dads and Woodworking
Woodworking is one of those traditions that’s passed from generation to generation.
We see it in our blog posts as FWW editors pass their love of woodworking onto to their kids. Magazine editor Asa Christiana writes about helping his daughter make a garden (or tool) tote and senior editor Tom McKenna blogged about building a car with his son for a Cub Scout’s Pinewood Derby.
This week on Macon.com, a Web site from Macon, Georgia, columnist Mark Ballard shares fond memories of woodworking with Dad. “Another thing we both loved to do was work with wood and build things… we made the perfect woodworking pair. I could design what I wanted. All I had to do was draw a rough sketch of it on a piece of paper. Daddy then studied it and devised a plan of attack. Before long what I imagined had come to life….”
Tools, like a love of woodworking, are another thing that is passed from generation to generation. In a post on WK Fine Tools, Christopher J. Scholz talks about the trove of distinctive hand tools that he got from his father’s shop. I recently visited the shop of furniture maker Peter Aleksa and sure enough he had a big ol’ chest of hand tools that he inherited from his grandfather, some of which he still uses.
There are countless stories like these… do you have any tales of favorite tools that have been passed down the generations? I recently got a packet in the mail filled with carving tools from my ninety-something great-uncle Alf (not quite a father, but my grandpa’s brother… so pretty close) I haven’t put them to use yet, but he’d really love for us kids (anyone under 65 in his eyes) to pick up the craft.
And even more than tool tales, I’m sure that there are an endless number of stories about woodworking with Dad. We’d love to hear ’em. Chime in with a comment below in honor of this Father’s Day weekend.
Also, given the generational nature of crafts like woodworking, how are you passing it on to your kids? If you need any ideas for woodworking with kids, check out some of our articles by Doug Stowe: Woodworking for Kids and Kid’s Woodworking Projects (for subscribers only).
I personally don’t have any great woodworking with Dad stories. He’s more of a homebuilder than a woodworker. I do remember a short whittling lesson–but that mainly focused on first aid, in case I stabbed myself with the knife…
Anyway, have a great weekend and happy Father’s Day all…