One of the joys of my life has always been doll making.
I have carved wooden dolls for as long as I remember, and I am now enjoying teaching my 5 year old grandson how to make wooden dolls, too.
I gave him a piece of wood, and had him draw a figure on it.
Then, I burned the lines he had drawn:
You can see to the right of his doll, a doll that his Mamma made when she was his age, and one that I am currently working on.
He chose some colors, and started adding them….
I cut her out with the bandsaw and he took her home, but wasn’t pleased that she had rough edges.
So, the next day, I took some of my tools over so he could work on sanding her and finishing her.
He’s already immersed in the family culture of being a Maker!
I’ve been giving him lessons on how to use a hand saw in a Zen way, as he tends to approach tools with wild abandon, which is not something I encourage at all.
Gently, gently, is my motto….
Ah, the bliss of being a granny….
my heart sings!
9 responses to “Teaching my young grandson how to carve a wooden doll”
Love this!! so much. the joy in creating something with family is amazing.
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Thank you, Justina 🙂 I agree- it is so joyful to continue the family tradition of creating things together!
Wonderful wonderful – thanks for teaching another person to make things, bonus that it is a doll! What a wonderful, marvellous thing!
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Awww, thank you so much, Kjerstin! Because of the book, for 9 months, I wasn’t able to touch my carving tools and I really missed it! I’ve been having a wonderful time this week, and have just finished one doll that I started last September, and a new one that my grandson inspired me to make…. I will post about them in the next day or so 🙂 And, thank you for all the inspiration that you give to people with your magical carving and sublime blog!!!! 😀
Wonderful grandma. My youngest grandson, age 9, wants to drill holes in wood when he comes to visit. I asked him if he wanted to make something that he could stick into those holes- he said no he just wanted to drill and makes lots of holes.
Thank you, Maurine 🙂 Our little grandson LOVES drilling holes and pounding nails, too. There is such fun in drilling and nailing! 🙂
Oh Wow….you always bring a smile to me….that is so sweet…..he is a lucky little boy! 🙂
Thank you so much, Laura-Lynn 🙂 I feel so lucky and so blessed. 🙂
What a beautiful family tradition to pass along! It is obvious you two are soul mates…