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Table saw? Router? what’s your heart’s desire this week?
Screw Gun she said with profound enthusiasm. I pictured her shooting screws with blistering perfection, clear as day.
Screw Gun I replied. Screw Gun.15 months ago
Primary colours are for children: bright with energy, pure.
Fast food restaurants use yellows and oranges to encourage hunger.
Blues may soothe, or reflect pool bottoms.
Blacks and whites are more than all colour or the absence of colour. They confer good and evil, darkness and light, all or nothing. And with her both. I am drawn to them, to her, to the use of colour in matters of us that I have never known, expected. There is greatness in the power of colour in the hands of someone who knows how to use colour as a tool, or tools. And she has empowered me in this as well as herself. 19 months ago
How I did it: It was easy. Every time I had a chance to introduce power tools to her, I took the opportunity.
showed her where I started a cut through lathe and mortar and plaster.
Down came that section of wall!!!!!!!!! 20 months ago
I showed her the cherry wood, black cherry, timbered from the wild and chosen for a special project.
Hear. Cut, here.
And she did. Perfectly. 21 months ago
for her so in her later years she’ll say “Cut granite with a diamond saw? Sure, I’ve done that.”
There are a lot of cuts to make, but it is begun. Counters are Us darling. 23 months ago
Moved them to a kitchen in need of attentions too. I’m really rather excited!
“A long time ago, I thought you were a cabinet maker. Not a carpenter. They are very different.”
“I’m both. I’ve done a lot of both. And yes, they ARE very diffferent.”
My career, in this, ended after grad school. But my persuasions always lived on. And now, she is joining me and will hand tool sconces, details, beauty with me. I don’t want to teach her so much as share, and can hardly wait to put a router in her hands. 2 years ago
“No, it’s the destination.”
No, it is the journey AND the destination, both, that is empowering. 2 years ago
came to me last night. Last time I saw him was hurtling skyward towards a horse farm and glue factory three miles down the road.
He was worse than useless in the end. Wouldn’t even open a little 4 ounce tin of tomato paste. And thoroughly Prussian in obstinance.
He nudge against me, woke me. Ach Tung How’s Ham workin’ out?
He’s referring to the electrical replacement. Well loved. Go Away, I murmmered.
I know if I put on tuba marches he’ll be compelled to head for France and I’ll rest peacefully. 2 years ago
handing her a bucket of tools, or head of ideas, and challenging her to know some of the male-arts. She does the same for me too, hauling female knowledge and ways out for me to understand and master.
She is sometimes nervous, even a wee bit skittish. But it is only from confronting the unknown. She is never unwilling and the greatest joy I have is in seeing her brain confidently wrap around “I can do this” and her eyes focussing on the work and her hands move to doing without hesitation of any sort.
It ain’t gender-busting to me. It is simply making sure she has a wholeness of confidence. 2 years ago
we are on. I want her believing in her free thinking, living it, finding strenghts and purposes we do not yet know. I set out a little journey yesterday. Today we walked another mile of it, and it is great. Darling? You are beautiful, stem to stern, follicles to pedicure as is my want of us. 2 years ago
and am saving this task for her. It’s not about drilling the holes, it is about, as with all power tools, teaching the purposes and ways of proper set-up. 2 years ago
Maybe the chop saw
drill, various bits, and pegs
For me it is a one hour project, most of the time spent on careful set-up. I think though that there is greater opportunity. The project is not fully formed, final outcome not yet decided. She oughta shape it, and she oughta use our power tools.
I want her to do this project with me, both process and outcome. I want her to learn a bit of the nature and limits and poteential of power tools and how things are done with them. I want her to say: Oh! I can do this! the rest of her life.
Routers and scroll saws and the dangerous table saw and planer, bench grinders, and other tools will come later. No limits. Not for her. 2 years ago