Lena and I attended our third parent/child workshop this past weekend where we (well, really she) made a Christmas stocking hanger. This was a little less a woodworking project than a decorative painting project. All the wood was pre-cut and the knobs for hanging the stockings were supplied as was the milk paint with which to decorate all the parts and all the parts were assembled after they were decorated.
The two staff members, Mick and Brian, were very efficient and helpful, especially after Lena and I realized right near the end that she had decorated her piece upside down. Both the guys sprung into action, redrilled some holes. used a heat gun to dry some paint and we were back in action. In the end, we ended up with a beautiful project that Lena will hopefully have to hang her kids' stockings on.
|Lena painting the knobs for her stocking hanger.|
|Lena showing off the final product.|
As I said, this was the third project we did at Lee Valley. The first two, a tool box and a bird feeder, were actual woodworking projects. All the components were ripped to the proper width and rough cut to the approximate length. The kids had to do all the measuring, lay-out, hand-sawing and assembly according to the provided plan on their own (with the occasional assist from the seminar leaders or mom or dad). The projects are useful and provide the kids with an opportunity to try their hand at a practical craft, develop manual skills and provide them with a real tangible sense of accomplishment when they finish the project while hopefully building a lifetime love of craft in these young people.
|Lena's previous two projects from Lee Valley seminars - a toolbox and bird feeder.|
As always, hats off to the folks at the Ottawa location of Lee Valley for a job well done.