One of my Dad's biggest hobbies has alway been woodworking. Starting with me, the oldest, he has made hope chests for all his Daughters & Grandaughters. Over the years he has made me countless pieces of furniture and hung shelves in every apartment and home I've ever lived in.
a bookshelf for a Grandson going off to college
He and my Mom have made hundreds of decorative wood items over the years for church fairs: he cuts the wood, she paints.
My two sons spent a HUGE amount of time with Grandfather in his garage workshop over those early years, starting with small, age appropriate projects and working up to bigger and better things. Not all of these items have survived the last 25 years, but look at all this I pulled out of storage yesterday to show MY Grandkids. They were very impressed! And Son enjoyed reliving all the memories, too.
Lots of vehicles, of every variety
and look at this customized Star Wars case, all wood and decoupauge (remember decoupauge?)
Over the years, our family has become heavily populated by females: 15/6
Grandfather's family head count:
3 Daughters, 1 Son
8 Granddaughters, 4 Grandsons
4 Great-Grandaughters, 1 Great-Grandson
The time span between the last Grandson (19 yrs.) and Great-Grandson (4 1/2 yrs) is 15 years, so it was time for Grandfather to remember what it's like to have a small boy in the workshop once again!
A few days ago, Grandson & I drove 90 miles to spent the morning in Grandfather's Garage.
There were safety instructions first
and then he got to use the drill press.
There was painting to do
and when the morning was over, a very happy boy had made several Christmas gifts. For Sister, a desktop holder for new markers
For his Dad and his Pop-Pop in Ohio, dinosaur key holders (the pattern for that dino was drawn by his own Dad 25 years ago at age 8 for one of his own projects)
What a good day!
and Grandfather's Legacy will live on in yet another generation.....