Hammer & Nails: The Joy of Purposeful Work

There has been quite a lot of building going on lately. Daddy has definitely caught the building bug, and I have to say that he is quite good at it; making Sarah’s beautiful low shelves, a toilet step and a new bed for Jack, and this project. Any ideas what it might be?

Well it seems that Jack has been keen to try out some of this building for himself. Not content to play with his wooden pretend tool kit, Jack wanted a real hammer and some real nails. He wanted real work.

He surprised me really, I didn’t think he would be able to manage both holding the nail whilst using the hammer. I guess that just goes to show us that we should reserve our judgements. How long would Jack have wanted to hammer if I held the nails for him? Not nearly as long as he did once he worked out he could do it for himself.

And so there he sat, at our tree stump table, with all the essential builders’ materials, measuring and drawing, hammering and checking whether his project was level. I didn’t show him this, he observed it from watching Daddy.

Conscientiously and deliberately placing his nails and then every now and then, leaning back to check his work. Just like Daddy does. For Jack, it was real work. Real valuable, purposeful work.

7 Replies to “Hammer & Nails: The Joy of Purposeful Work”

  1. Kylie D'Alton says:

    I know! Promise to show some pictures when he’s done?

    1. Absolutely! I reckon it’s going to look pretty great. You should see how great Jack’s bed has turned out now that it is painted. His room looks like a real big boy’s room now.

  2. Any chance your husband could email/make blueprints/create measurement for the cube chair? I want my dad to make a set of these for my daughter. Thanks!

    1. I am not sure what the patents are on the original design of the chair so I think I would be a little hesitant to send you any plans but it was really easy to make, just three pieces of plywood. It’s 45cm tall, the small chair is 20cms and the bigger chair is 25cms. My husband made it this height so the small chair would fit her now. For the design of the chair, he just eyeballed it from the picture I showed him. He said it was a pretty simple project. Hope this helps. Good luck. I’d love to see how they turn out.

      There’s a picture of the cube chair here. It’s been stained now to match her shelves. http://aneverydaystory.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/montessori-bedroom-toddlers-diy-cube-chair/#comments

      1. Thanks!

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