Out on a Limb: The Best Teacher Might be a Rodent

By Christopher Schwarz
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From the August 2009 issue #177
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I had three hours in my Saturday to do about eight hours of work in the shop. So I pulled on my shop apron, crammed my hearing protection into my ears and
reached for the table saw’s switch.

But before I could depress that blessed green button, my 13-year-old daughter Maddy and her friend Sierra walked into the shop. They announced that they wanted to build a house for Sierra’s hamster.

My hand dropped away from the saw’s switch and my head shifted gears. Instead of a day of careful stock preparation and even more careful dovetailing, I was going to help slap together a rodent shack.

During the last 13 years I’ve found that when you build things with children, you have to use an entirely different set of skills than when you build something for yourself.


From the August 2009 issue #177
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