The Next Generation of Woodworkers?

Fridays are fun, but it’s Saturday at a woodworking event – such as this weekend’s Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event held at the offices of Popular Woodworking Magazine – when you can get a better glimpse into the future of woodworking. You may see new tools on display for the first time, which tools are getting the most attention or be shown a new technique that could open doors for many woodworkers. Or you could see something else that brings a smile to your face.

In the photo above, you just may be looking at the next generation of woodworker. This youngster, after his younger brother had his turn,  jumped aboard the shaving horse to give a spokeshave a go as he shaved a bit on a Windsor chair back spindle – he handled the tool like a professional.

And not to be outdone by the guys, Miss Pink saddled up for her opportunity. She was quite good, too. Dad had to provide a few pointers, but she was shaving – the spindle, that is – in no time at all. (I wish someone would have opened the woodworking door for me at this early age).

Take a look at what’s going on behind Miss Pink’s work at the shave horse. That’s George Walker talking with one the boys about a Windsor chair one of the local SAPFM (Society of American Period Furniture Makers) members brought to the show. That’s valuable advice. I’m betting these three youths get bitten by the woodworking bug and turn out great work.

The only concern I have came shortly thereafter. The younger of the two guys jumped on a second shaving horse and went to work without a spokeshave – he rode that horse like it was the home stretch at the Kentucky Derby. Kids will be kids, after all.

— Glen D. Huey

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