Passing on the Craft

Passing on the Craft

Rob Johnstone staff photo

This week, I have been thinking a lot about passing on the craft of woodworking to the next generation. For me specifically, I am considering my grandkids. Two of them have asked if they can build something with Papa Rob, and their cousins will likely want to get into the act if they see the others involved.

But I’m wondering how to go about this. Do I pre-make parts and have them assemble and finish them? Do I get them cutting out parts with hand saws? Do we just glue, stack and nail some stuff together for fun? I am flummoxed.

My guess is that some of you have crossed this Rubicon and might have some advice for me. If that is so, please spread the wealth! Give me (and the rest of us) the benefit of your experience. I will be waiting for the wisdom.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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