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My son Oliver has been fascinated by my carpentry projects for years, but he has always resisted the idea of building something of his own. I decided to take advantage of his love of Halloween to come up with a basic idea that he could make almost entirely himself: a pumpkin.
Part of Oliver’s reluctance was a strong dislike of loud noises. Preparing him with good ear protection and being careful with the tools I chose helped to overcome his previous problems. I also made him do only things he felt comfortable doing – there is a time and place to push new skills, but right now the focus was only on the beginning. I chose the circular saw because it is a great tool for beginners; it’s not particularly intimidating and the chances of injury are (relatively) low. It is also a tool that it can grow with and that we can use in subsequent projects, like a snowman during the winter holidays.
I tried to give it as much control as possible during the project. He chose the piece of wood, drew the pumpkin and painted the face himself. Even on the steps where I helped him, I made sure he was involved in some compactness. Follow below as he makes his first project.
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