Teach Your Kids to Create Something with Their Hands – They’ll be Thankful When They Grow Up

This may not be obvious, but as your kitchen table turns into a huge crafting mess, your kids are gaining skills that will be crucial to them all their lives. From the moment a child is conceived, they are constantly developing and learning craft skills is an important part of the process.

You could be making small clay shapes, doing origami, or building complex toys – all these seemingly little thing shape and form your child’s brain.

I’ll name just a few things.

Imagination

You can’t make if you can’t imagine it. Making things with their hands gets the child’s creativity going and as a result, their imagination skills grow immensely. In order to craft 3-dimensional objects, the brain needs to think in 3D – a skill many people barely develop in their life. Same with choosing colors – to know how to best color a postcard, you need to see the colors in your mind’s eye first, and this only comes with practice.

Fine motor skills

This is sort of obvious. The kid will learn to handle tools and their own hands in order to achieve desired physical results on an actual tangible thing. The actions needed to get there are often very small in nature and so your child will inevitably be developing their motor skills as he or she practices crafts. Different crafts stimulate different kinds of motor skills – paper folding needs a relaxed but steady hand, while wood carving needs you to balance force with precision. That way, arts and crafts increase the agility and dexterity of your child.

Focus

In order to make something, you actually need to sit there and produce it and it takes time. Kids are known to be fidgety – craft is a great way to get some of that under a bit control. Focus is a skill that will have lifelong benefits for your kid – from school, to college or university, to work, to personal projects. The latter ones are particularly in need of good focusing skills, since in real life nobody’s watching or forcing you when you’re doing for yourself and it’s easy to slip into the myriad different other things that try to steal your attention.

The exact type of crafts you bring into your child’s life will vary based on several things – their own interests, their attention span, and their needs – but there’s no doubt it’s one of the best ways to help your child grow and develop in positive ways.

 

One of the Best Spindle Sander Applications I’ve Encountered

One of the power tools that I cannot go without, is the spindle sander. Yes, indeed, a rather unusual choice for the most favorite tool. Many people don’t even know what this device does. In fact I find it extremely versatile – have a look at this overview of these sanders. It has many different applications, and there are some projects that I wouldn’t have been able to complete without this power tool.

One of the things that I used the spindle sander for, is for polishing a guitar body. The body of an electric guitar is made of solid wood. Yes indeed, wood. Many people think that it’s plastic, probably because of the colorful coatings they usually have. But actually it’s just painted wood. This is what gives the electric guitar its full-bodied sound.

Now, if you have ever seen a classical electric guitar, you will know that its shape is rather unorthodox. It’s kind of a squiggly contour that is partially convex and partially concave. It has several deep in-going curves. The edges of this shape need to be polished somehow. This is because nobody likes a sharp edged electric guitar, right?

Now, many guitar makers will do this polishing by hand. This is because they don’t have a spindle sander. Or at least I think that’s the reason. Because as soon as I started making my first electric guitar I realize that this is the perfect application for my brand-new sander that I had just bought.

As I was making that guitar, as soon as I had the body shape cut out, I simply fired up my sander with the appropriate grit. I then slowly sanded the entire contour of the guitar body and got the results that I needed within maybe half an hour. If I was going to do this by hand, it would probably take me all day.

This is why I find the spindle sander one of the biggest time savers in my woodworking shop – something that I would not want to be without. In fact, I’m planning to upgrade soon to a floor standing machine, as opposed to the tabletop one that I have right now, because there are so many more things you can do with the former one.

Principles of Wood Carving

That wood carving allows you to create amazingly beautiful pieces is widely known, but there are many principles that you may not have heard about. In order to make really attractive objects that will serve as decorations in a given environment, not only is the skill of the hands and the good fantasy, but also some knowledge.

Consider the basic artistic and aesthetic principles that are taken into account by all professionals involved in the creation of wooden products.

Color is one of the most important principles. It is usually considered together with the size, shape, and location of the subject in space. The color must be selected to in with all elements in the environment.

Aspect ratio is a principle that shows the relationship between items in the product. Creating an item’s composition usually begins with a clearer view of the most common proportions. It then draws more attention to the individual details.

Symmetry and asymmetry is one of the main features of composition, which is responsible for the location of elements of an item in relation to an axis. Objects that are in peace are symmetrical in location, ensuring the equilibrium of all parts. Asymmetries are characteristic of moving subjects.

The scale is related to the size of all available elements. Small parts are suitable for small items and large ones.

Contrast-is based on opposing different opposites-light and dark, small and large, low and high, etc. If the contrast is correct, you can create a very expressive and remarkable product.

The composition tools listed here allow you to make products that are attractive on their own and harmoniously to the whole environment. The most remarkable items are those that are manufactured creatively and in a non-standard manner, but with basic principles in mind. They are professional and correct, but they also have something unusual that shows the author’s personality. These products can become the most visible parts of the interior, making it very original.