Written by Guest Blogger, Kyle Gardiner.
I have built chests for grandchildren Akira and Reiko to provide places for them to keep things precious to them. In Reiko’s case that would be things typical of a hope chest. A boy’s interests are necessarily different, and although Akira’s chest is identical, it was built with the vague notion that it would, with the addition of interior furnishings, perhaps be a tool box; maybe even for my tools some day. That would be a hopeful legacy. Or maybe, with suitable Kanji, a hope chest for some future generation.
Design ideas began with the hope chest I built for Mama Lynne in 1966. An improved design would be smaller, better proportioned, built of better materials and with better workmanship, embody finer construction details, and be more accommodating of expansion and contraction issues with wood. Designs were explored on the internet, and through publications. Particularly good examples were featured in a book entitled “Traditional Style Tool Chests” from the West Vancouver Library.
Dimensions evolved from comparisons of various chests to Lynne’s 1966 one, of finding pleasing proportions, and consideration that any chest should fit across the end of a single bed, be of a height comfortable to sit on, and maybe be serviceable as a coffee table.
Thanks to all the wonderful attendees of this years hand tool showcase. We hope you learned some great woodworking tips from the experts from Lie-Nielsen who were on-site.
Here are a few shots we took thought the two day event. See you all next year!
January 10th & 11th.
Lie-Nielsen staff will be on-site to help demystify the world of hand tool woodworking. You are encouraged to get hands on and ask plenty of questions.
For more information on Lie-Nielsen and their heirloom quality hand tools visit lie-nielsen.com.
Positions of authority: business executives, assembly-line managers, supervisors, parents. Different title; same scenario. Successful adults (now parents) growing up in a work-ethic environment, slogging through the public education system, sending their children to private school because it represents success; a betterment. Better for what I ask? Better yes….in some ways; perhaps not so in others. Same scenario for that mandatory university/college degree so commonly expected by the corporate world. Cause and effect: ‘BofA’ degrees are the new ‘high school’ diploma. Again I ask: Better?
Don’t get me wrong. I did encourage our children towards a university education hoping they attain marketable skills as a means to ensure happiness and financial independence. How? Where? And it really didn’t matter so much if they were otherwise driven. As young adults heading towards some form of post-secondary education, my constant and unwavering advice was to figure out what brings pleasure and how to do this better – whether that meant some form of further education or not. Liking something and trying to do it better likely meant you’ll be good at it……………..meaning somebody just might pay you for this passion. Basically, do we work for the pleasure of what we are doing, or is work simply a means to an end…….or a weekend? It’s this imbalance in our conception of work versus leisure that creates pressure points.