Full Chisel Blog

May 29, 2008

My youngest apprentice

Filed under: Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 8:09 pm

I am taking a bit of a brake today on the boring issue, I intended to shoot some pictures this afternoon but I had an interesting visitor.

His parents explained that he was born when they were building their house and loves tools.  He was napping before his parents and grandmother came into my shop, but he was wide awake immediately.  As I found out he likes hammers, I gave him a mallet and that wasn’t enough.  He wanted a real hammer and nails.  I got him a little hammer and he pounded that cut nail into a piece of pine.

He had remarkable control and hit the nail as often as I do.  While it was raining in the park today, they spent some time, well his parents and grandmother were there while he had fun.  He tried out all my mallets and hammers and settled on one he liked.  His mother had him choke up on the handle, that didn’t work and he knew it so got a better grip and had a great time.

They spent nearly an hour in my shop and I had to turn the tables on the guest, I took their picture (used by permission).

My youngest apprentice

Now this mallet (31″ tall), I think scared him when he saw it, but he was a good sport and posed for this picture.  While my job is rewarding, it does have its special moments.

I have hope that someday he will take up woodworking, he has a proclevity. 



  1. That little boy will probably always remember that visit. You may have been the catalyst that leads him to a lifetime of woodworking!

    Comment by The Village Carpenter — May 30, 2008 @ 5:51 am

  2. VC,

    I think his parents might even encourage this pursuit, as for a lifetime of woodworking one can only hope and be concerned. Making a living doing woodworking is not the easiest thing to do. But he may pick it up as a lifetime hobby which would be great.

    Did you here the one about the woodworker that won the lottery, when asked how the money was going to be spent, the response was ‘Keep woodworking until the money is gone.’


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — May 31, 2008 @ 6:38 am

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