Mike, one of Eagle America’s woodworkers writes:
For the last several years my grandson, who is now 10 years old, comes to spend the week with my wife and I during his Christmas break. Every year, I try to find some kind of woodworking project for him to work on. One year we worked with the scroll saw and he was able to go home with a cut out of his name that he created by himself.
This year Eagle America added “ Woodman Craft Concepts” craft kits. These are wood projects that allow children to experience the art of woodworking from start to finish, including painting and assembly.
When we got home, I set him up at the dining room table and told him I would be up to help him after I finished a project I had going in my workshop. A little while later, he came down to the shop and wanted to know if I had some stronger glue. I gave him some Titebond III glue and he ran back up the stairs.
When I went upstairs to see if he needed any help, there sat the finished Jet Fighter Plane completely painted and assembled. It took him all of about an hour and a half with no help from me at all.
These kits consist of pre-cut beech wood pieces (which requires a little sanding), sandpaper, glue, paint brushes and paint. With just a little sanding and imagination, these great woodworking kits are sure to spark an interest in woodworking for the kids in your family just like this one did with my grandson!
I got my start in woodworking when I was about 5 years old. My father and grandfather would give me a block of wood and sandpaper and set me off to the side so I was out of their way while they were working on bigger projects in the wood shop. Once I managed to sand down a block of wood to the size of a tooth pick, I graduated to a hammer and nails, and eventually hand saws and hand drills. It wasn’t until I was in my early teens that I was allowed to use bigger power tools like the table saw, router table, and band saw. Throughout those years I made several little projects, each time seeking the advice from my father and grandfather as I honed my skills.
As a child, I never realized the importance of what I was accomplishing with the leadership from my father and grandfather. At that time, I thought my projects were the best thing since sliced bread and I would proudly show my accomplishments to the entire family. You can’t do that with a video game!
Looking back now, the time spent with my father and grandfather not only taught me valuable life-long woodworking techniques and skills, which have come quite handy throughout my adult life, they also taught me the importance of family and the important roles parents and grandparents play in the life of a child. I wasn’t simply building little project’s, I was learning how to communicate by asking questions and describing problems. I learned patience, quality, planning, organization and eventually independence.
In today’s technological world it is hard for parents and grandparents to compete with video games, TV, and toys that simply entertain. This is why I am excited that Eagle America is proudly offering wooden toy kits that can be built and painted by young apprentice woodworkers with the help of a parent or grandparent. These exciting designs can help parents and grandparents teach their children and grandchildren the experience and art of woodworking from start to finish.