November 26, 2014

Be Not Simply Good, Be Good For Something

Last week -- with Grandpa -- he watched a video on The New Yankee Workshop.  Norm Abram was using a dovetail saw.  On Friday, Benjamin bought a dovetail saw.  On Saturday, he watched a series of videos on Wood & Shop.  And on Sunday, he cut his first tails. 

Dovetails 
Dovetails Dovetails

And using hand tools that once belonged to my Pap (his Great-Grandpa) and my mom (his Grandma), he chiseled out the waste.

Dovetails Dovetails Dovetails

Then, he used his new saw to cut the pins.  Again, he patiently chiseled away the waste. 

Dovetails 

Pins are on the left, tails are on the right.  Now, all he had to do was use a mallet to fit them together.  He saved that task for Monday evening...

Dovetails 
Dovetails Dovetails

After he fitted both pieces together he paused a moment and then, his face turned pink and his eyes filled with tears.  He is such an old soul.  I love sharing my days with him and watching him learn & grow.

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good -- be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau