In putting together some photos for my next post, I discovered some photos of some funnier times in the workshop with my son. These are in chronological order. They make me smile and laugh. Hopefully they’ll bring some joy to you too.
Uh Dad… Mom is upstairs saying I shouldn’t be in the workshop in my Jammies.
Sunshine and bamming with the hammer.
Drilling dog holes with Dad.
Braced for business.
Dad!!! Did you toot?
Dog holes are fun.
Sawing with a toy ryoba.
And now it’s time to sharpen my ryoba.
What to do with a sledge hammer when you can barely lift it????
Play guitar of course.
Time for some shaping.
Fun with a drill (no its not plugged in.)
Pumping the lathe is funnn!
Measure twice, cut once.
Who needs a drum set, when I have pink cedar?
Nice whispy shavings.
Three generations working on a tool tote.
I’m spokeshaving my tool tote handle.
Gathering some wood. ;)
Painting the workshop wall.
Chopping my first dovetails. (Dad is so proud… now if only he would put down the camera and come back to hold this chisel.)
Sawing my first dovetails. (Why is dad smiling and crying?)
Okay. I promise to quit kidding around and get to some actual woodworking and blog posting soon.
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