When I was in 8th grade, I took the coolest class in school: Wood Shop. After being terrified by stories of sawn-off fingers and hair being caught in drills, I proceeded (with caution) to make a CD rack, a penguin puzzle, a jewelry box, and a few other little wooden cut-outs. I felt pretty awesome.
In later years, I would put these skills to use once more as an artist, building cradled panels to paint on and making frames for my paintings. Not as cool, but still highly useful.
This past summer I had a chance to bring my woodworking skills to a higher level, thanks to a local festival for which I'm one of the organizers. I'm in charge of the little kids' activities, which take place on an island in the park. I wanted to step things up a notch this year, so designed a bridge/castle entrance, a turret, and a dragon. After getting most of the materials donated by one of our sponsors, I was ready to go!
Mostly. I knew how to use woodworking tools on a smaller scale, but needed to learn the ways of the larger tools. Thankfully, I am blessed with a dad who has every tool imaginable and mad skills with all of these tools. My dad showed me how to use the tools I needed on the castle parts, and I took off on my own for the dragon. These photos tell the rest of the story:
|My Dad, showing me the ways of the saber saw (and an|
awesome shadow of an imposing drill)
|You can't see it well, but the dragon is|
drawn out on the plywood here.
|The dragon all cut out - I decided to make it|
into a corn hole bag game as well as a
decoration - the kids had to "defeat the
|In the midst of making the dragon and castle, I went on|
an African Safari!!! ...In Ohio. This is my favorite photo
from the trip of my favorite animal.
Just thought I'd share.
|Blue and yellow make...the perfect color for a dragon!|
|The castle parts and the dragon in process|
|The castle completed after using a plastic bag |
to make it look more three-dimensional
|My initial sketches next to the completed and installed|
|Dragon on the left and turret on the right on the island|
|Castle entrance and the dragon at the end |
of the bridge on the island
The new additions to the island were a big hit!! I even received the Spirit Award for my enthusiasm for the festival! (I was nominated by other organizers of the festival.) I'd like to thank my wood shop teacher, my dad...it's truly an honor just to be nominated...