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    It is a fact that we all enjoy our time in the shop, admittedly many of us have created woodshop widows in the pursuit of our chosen hobby. For me this isn't the case as the family always comes into the shop to see what I am up to.

    Beyond those minor exchanges something has happened, I have aquired by the grace of God a little assistance, and I call them my shop helpers.

    Folks, I am beaming with pride that my daughter has taken to the scroll saw while other little girls are consumed with...well...whatever it is that little girls are consumed with. But for me it is watching the interest in the woodshop grow within my son, Ethan (8 years old). He has taken so many steps in learning the safety aspect of being in the shop and how to do the boring prep and finish work in helping me complete projects. I took some photos today of him and it just makes me smile to no end. I was raised fishing and hunting but any workshop time with my Dad was non-existant, I am happy and proud that I have been blessed to be able to provide this experience for him. Within a son is a bit of what their Dad was, pride has taken on a new definition.

    It sure is good being home my friends.
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    Todd

    Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

    Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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    Yes Sir Todd you are blessed. The little man looks right at home there in the shop. Congrats on him taking an interest. Steve
    If This HillBilly Can't Fix it Then it Ain't Broke!!!
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    • #3
      Rivari, they sound like great kids and you should be real proud of them. I think kids of every generation really want to spend time with their parents and do what they do. What is sad is today's world is parents don't have the time or won't make the time to spent with thier kid so the kids go to place they can amuse themselves (computer, mall, TV). I'm glad you were able to buck the trend.

      Tell your kids the message board is waiting to see their work in the bragging section.
      Scott
      Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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      • #4
        Safety glasses - $10
        Ear muffs - $20
        random orbit sander - $80
        shop time with your son - PRICELESS

        Dude, that is so awesome. Believe me, this will pay off big time. You and you son are making memories that you both can cherish for a lifetime.
        Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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        • #5
          Cool pics there, Todd. Looks like you're training him well ..
          Ian

          Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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          • #6
            EXCELLENT!!!!!

            Precious times those are. The best part is the kids will remember them and pass the tradition to their kids!!!

            Bask in that feeling Todd, you've earned it!

            Oh, and if you had a lathe, all 3 of you could be working on a project together......... or another scrollsaw.....I know someone who may have a DeWalt for sale soon........
            ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

            D. Platt

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            • #7
              Very cool Todd. I'm hoping to be blessed like you soon as mine is almost half your son's age and already showing and interest with the shop. He loves to wear the saftey gear and use some tools with my support.

              Eric

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              • #8
                Folks I appreciate the good words. When I was still in Iraq my son told me the one thing he missed was the smell of saw dust...can you believe?

                Ethan has asked numerous times about scrolling, just a bit to soon for him (by my asessment) but I can see it in the near future.

                One must learn to shovel a bit of horse dung before they learn to ride and appreciate, his time will come. But for now I'm just glad having him around asking questions and doing what he does best, being a kid.
                Todd

                Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

                Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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                • #9
                  That's great news Todd, i can't wait for my grandsons to grow a bit so i can teach them about woodworking, i did'nt have a shop when my son's were young so they don't know anything about w/work and now they've flown the nest i don't suppose they ever will. my dad used to make things when i was young but he never let us help or even watch so i never learned from him i have had to learn as i go along. the time you spend now with Ethan in the shop is very precious and the memories will last a lifetime.
                  kevin/pitbull.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bill Wilson
                    Safety glasses - $10
                    Ear muffs - $20
                    random orbit sander - $80
                    shop time with your son - PRICELESS
                    Todd, it just don't get any better then this! Enjoy every minute of it.
                    Bill

                    DeWalt 788



                    aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                    God gives us only what we can handle.. Apparently God thinks I am one tough cookie.....

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                    • #11
                      Todd is so cool that your kids have taken an interest in your wood working and that you as a great Dad are taking time to teach them and help them express them selves, these days it seems all kids are ever interested in is x-box,nintendo, ext....
                      Daryl S. Walters Psycotic scroller with a DeWalt 788

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                      • #12
                        Nice to see that they take an interest. It is precious time spent together that cannot ever be replaced. The memories will always be there. Enjoy.
                        My grandson has already started learning how to hunt and this summer when he comes to visit we will be scrolling. Providing I have a saw LOL
                        He is 12 years old and very ready.
                        Diane
                        Dragon
                        Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
                        Owner of a Dewalt 788
                        PuffityDragon on AFSP

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                        • #13
                          Thats great!!! Im glad to see pictures like that! And, tell Ethan he did an excellant job sweepin up the shop, hes welcome to come over to my place anytime! Dale
                          Dale w/ yella saws

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                          • #14
                            You have proven the saying "anyone can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy." Will your head ever again fit under that hat?
                            Mike

                            Craftsman 16" VS, Puros Indios and Sam Adams!
                            Scrollin' since Jun/2006

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                            http://scrollcrafters.com (reciprocal links welcomed)

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                            • #15
                              i Have Just Started Showing My 14yr Daughter How To Saw . My Big Trouble She 14 Going On 21 I Think Lol I Just Hope I Can Keep Her Intrrested In It . So Far This Will Be Be My Biggest Quest In Scroll Sawing Since I Have Been Cutting Iam Sure
                              Hegner

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