I think one of Paul’s admonitions to us is to “pay it forward”. In other words, he is teaching us a straight forward method of woodworking that is wonderful in its simplicity and clarity and in many cases removes the fear we may hold for some aspects of woodworking.
He is also giving us methods to teach his systematic approach to others whether it be our children, grandchildren or fellow woodworkers.
Me, being a teacher wanna-be, have a desire to pass some of these techniques along. In addition to my son and grandson, I have developed a workshop for our local wood guild to build the English Spatula and a spoon.
I have run this workshop twice now over the last 2 years with great success and rave reviews and not because of me but the simplicity of the projects and ability to walk away with 2 finished items. See some pics below.
My point in all of this is I do not consider myself a qualified woodworker. Qualified in the manner of being expertise enough to be teaching more seasoned woodworkers. But with the techniques that Paul has given me
I can successfully teach others albeit fairly simple techniques.
So my challenge to you is don’t think you have to wait to become an expert woodworker to pass on this craft but rather take a few things Paul has taught and whether it is one of your children or grandchild or someone in the neighborhood, start expanding our hobby.
Please share some of your “teaching” experiences. They will be inspirational.
Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.
"If you give me 6 hours to fell a tree, I will take the first 4 to sharpen my axe" Abe Lincoln
Well, last weekend my son and I spent the Saturday building a 12″ long model Viking Longship for his History homework. I showed him how to do what he needed to do and then he did the actual work while I spent my time flattening the backs of my new Aldi chisels. By the end of the day, my son had learned how to use the band saw, a marking gauge and a spoke shave as well as having a healthy respect for the Viking boat builders.