Aside from sweeping Kieran likes to make things and this weekend I hit on something that he (and she) can do that lets them work without my having to hold their hands.
This weekend we were carving, soap carving that is. I had a box of Ivory soap cakes that the kids carved into boats, mostly.
The knives they used had been pate knives before I sharpened them a little bit, and they shaped and carved the soap cakes pretty well. I made the sail boat using the wooden tools as a demonstration and then let the kids go to it.
Kieran's boats turned out not bad, Clara's were pretty good for a four year old. These are the boats that are left, the other efforts were used at bath time. Just a point of interested, a bar of Ivory soap has grain just like wood.
|the left over soap chips, I plan|
to melt them down and they can be
The other on going project is a large scale glue up for two segmented vases.
|you can never have to many clamps.|
|F-clamps and K-clamps are always useful|
It took David and I two hours to cut, joint and plane all these pieces of roasted maple and poplar. Once planed there was coffee to drink and the the glue up stage. Later in the week we will glue both pieces together and then cut the block in two pieces.
|Shop supervisor walking past on an inspection tour.|