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Talking it Over: Precious furniture

There is a piece of furniture in my home that holds a dear place in my heart. It is not an expensive piece or even something of extreme beauty. Instead it is something that was built with care, determination and a lot of education.

The piece is a gun cabinet that my son built in shop class when he was in senior high at Hancock High School. You can easily tell that it was one of his first projects because not all the nail holes are filled in totally and the finish is just a bit rough in places. However, to think that a 17-year-old built this sturdy piece is pretty awesome.

I was and still am very pleased that my son was able to learn how to work with wood in shop class. I can see that he has carried what he learned with him through the years as he does a good deal of similar work in his own home. Nearly all the finishing work in his basement is done by him with the help of his father, father-in-law and maybe a few others. It is really neat to see what he accomplishes with his own two hands.

When I was in high school, the girls took Home Ec and the guys took shop. It was just starting to change a bit with both courses opening up to the other gender. As a senior, we enjoyed having the  boys in our class join us for some cooking adventures. Hopefully, they carried these cooking lessons on into their lives. However, I was not able to take part in the shop classes but wish I could have learned a little more about it for some of the little projects I do around the house.

My husband has fallen back on some of his woodworking education in recent years. He has enjoyed building some toy boxes and little kids picnic tables. I gave him a book for Christmas that had some ideas of things I would like, but so far he hasn’t been real enthused about those. Anyway, it has been great to see the pride he has in his finished projects.

These pieces of furniture are things that I really don’t care to ever sell. I am hoping that they will stay in the family and perhaps be handed down from generation to generation. Maybe my son’s gun cabinet will follow the same path with some great stories to go along about his challenges while building it.