因为大多数父母这些天正在后面computer screen, hardly any kids are exposed to a parent or other close family member who is a craftsperson. Luckily for Asher’s class, the wanting ratio between regular jobs to artist/craftsperson breached the curve as there was not just one of us, but two of us there – Layla’s dad and me. Among the parents in Asher’s class, one was our UPS delivery guy, one mom (who was a neighbor and friend) was the manager of our family’s dentist clinic, one or two parents were in fiance/top management jobs while another dad was a medical tech. As a visual artist, Layla’s dad was the only other parent who created pieces with his hands. In light of the fact that most children today are brought up in an environment that is deprived of the sensational and tactile joy of making things from scratch, I felt that my talk had a very special mission.
我计划给孩子们品尝制造商的世界，并可能在其中引发未来的木工。当然，在某个时候，他们可能会与父母合作进行家庭装修项目，或者与祖母合作，在她的车床上转碗，但是在演出期间与父母会面的机会合法化了涉及体育工作的职业他们不是在童年学术职业中经常遇到的事情。So when Asher’s teacher, Ms. Megan, asked me if I was interested, I felt that I was embarking on a very special mission that involved some planning and investment of both time and resources – after all we were sowing the seeds for the future here. And even if none of the kids would end up joining our ranks as amateur or professional makers, at least we might gain a future appreciator or an ally of our cause.
My plan was as follows: I would talk a little about trees and wood, then show the kids some simple projects that I was making in my shop, and lastly give each one of them a nice little relatable object to finish during our meeting. In the end, the kids would take home this little souvenir from Asher dad’s presentation which would be put to use for years to come, and constantly remind them of this miraculous medium – wood and the vast potential that it cherishes.
After sketching a few project ideas I decided to give each kid a small butter or cheese knife made from Hardwood. A practical small-size kitchen tool, I thought, was a perfect little project that would be put to good use by both kids and parents.
Meeting the kids was a real treat. They all listened intensely, offered their insight enthusiastically, and were eager to sand their knife and apply a coat of flaxseed oil on it. Asher was very proud of his father too. After the meeting ended and the kids took home their pride and joy butter knife, I heard back from the parents who told me how impressed they and the kids were.