From School Library Journal
Grade 3-7 - The Robertsons and their daughters, ages 11 and 9 when this book was begun, test-built the 15 safe and fun woodworking projects illustrated here. The first section, "Setting Up Shop: Getting to Know Your Tools," includes a basic introduction to hammering, sawing, drilling, block planing, and measuring. Next, "Down to Business: Building Your Own Projects" puts these tools and techniques to work in simple, yet cleverly designed, kid-friendly projects that increase in complexity. They require competent and willing parents/adults who will work beside, guide, and help youngsters learn woodworking skills by completing the suggested projects, such as bird houses, a tool box, a cricket cage, and a stool. Clear instructions, black-and-white photos, and cutting diagrams are included for each one. The amount of detail provided increases as needed. Adults are advised to take over on dangerous, repetitive, or boring steps. Emphasis throughout is on helping the kids have fun. Some vocabulary is introduced in context, but the lack of a glossary rankled in some instances in which words were mentioned, then not illustrated until pages, or even chapters, later. Of necessity for a book of this type, matters are simplified: in the discussion of hammers, for example, there is no mention of varying claw types, head designs, variously weighted heads, or handle materials. A practical and enjoyable introduction to the subject. - Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA
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“this is a fantastic family book that will soon have young woodworkers hammering, measuring and sawing with ease,…”
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“every project is accessible and will encourage kids of all ages to keep building.”
Central Penn Parent
“This can be a great way for parents to bond with their children while doing something educational.”
“a clever book…”
Salt Lake Tribune
“…essential woodworking skills that will last a lifetime.”
“Bold Graphics and clear instructions…”
“A practical and enjoyable introduction to the subject.”
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About the Author
Barbara Robertson is Director of Education at Williams College Museum of Art and designer of Kidspace @ MASS MoCA. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with her husband Craig.
Craig Robertson has been a carpenter and contractor for 12 years. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with his wife Barbara.