Galoot-in-Training (GIT) Project
My son (just turned 10), has been working with me in the shop since he was very small. This year for Christmas, he made his mom a clipboard with only safety support from me.
Using the SawStop saw (purchased so that I could teach him to use the table saw), the Dewalt planer and an assortment of hand tools including a Japanese pull saw and a couple of hand planes, he made the clipboard below. It is made from alternating strips of maple, cherry and walnut with hardware from Rockler. The “ruler” on the bottom of the clipboard was his idea and it is made from a scrap piece of ebony. He engraved the inscription on the top of the board and the ruler marks with my Turbo Carver high-speed engraver. Great tool by the way…I should post on that sometime. The finish is Danish Oil.
My wife uses a clipboard everyday to manage the complex schedules of two school kids, so she will get a lot of use from this.
If you don’t know what a Galoot-in-Training (GIT) is, join the OldTools email list. Basically, it refers to the younger generation of woodworkers that we should all be bringing up into this great hobby. I am a strong believer that kids should learn to use tools and get their hands dirty, in addition to learning about the computers, etc of the modern world. The true “Galoots” on the email list might insist that I should only be teaching hand-tool methods for my son to be a real “GIT”, but I have a broader definition of the term.
I hope that he continues to grow in this hobby and enjoy it as much as I do.
I recently noticed a post from Matt Gabardi about his concept for a “Legacy Guild” and I think that the concept is very interesting. Maybe it is the similarity in our Italian roots, but the concept resonates with me. To quote the Guild’s goal from Matt’s website: “Create a forum or blog for people who love woodworking
and want to share this joy with their kids and grandkids.” A good goal.