There is nothing better than watching a child fully engaged in the creative process. My grandson, Oliver is completing a school assignment at my studio bench. We spent the day together during Take Your Kid To Work Day. The concept is to expose children to the things that their parents do during the work day. Oliver opted to go with me to my friend’s wood mill to see how I source wood for turning wood.
We went to visit my friend Rob Rising’s tree milling and processing yard. The trees come from New York City Parks. This mill processes them into lumber for furniture and other utilitarian items at this facility. Rob also recycles vintage beams from Brooklyn and NYC brownstones that he converts into flooring and table tops.
Oliver learned a great deal about recycling these natural materials so that there are recycling options so this wood does not become firewood, but gets a second life in useful products. Here is a link to this facility http://NewYorkCitySlab.com
The second part of the day is to prepare a presentation on what was learned to be shared with his classmates. In this photo Oliver is making a display of different species of wood to show textures, grains and age rings.
Oliver was able to see tree trunks cut into slabs for table tops and then the variety of finishing processes requiring many different labor skills.
Here is a link to a platter that I made from a salvaged beam for a 1850 Brooklyn buildinghttps://www.aaturning.com/2017/01/20/milk-paint-on-vintage-nyc-building-beam-1850/