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May 04, 2008
The Wood Whisperer, came up with the idea for the first week in May being designated 'Woodworkers Safety Week'. So, to commemorate this first annual event I thought I'd come up with a video on shop safety. But, I felt that there was a lot of information already out there on shop safety for adults but not enough for kids.
In talking with some of my woodworking friends on this subject, I learned that most were not comfortable with kids being in their shops because of safety concerns. Granted, there are extra precautions that must be taken when kids are present, but don't let this keep you from introducing woodworking to your kids, grandchildren, or even the kids up the street. And if you're a parent or grandparent who doesn't have a lot of knowledge around woodworking, but your kids have an interest, don't let fear of them getting hurt keep you from teaching them.
It is up to us as adult woodworkers to pass our knowledge down to those that show interest. If we don't, who will? Our schools? Doubtful. Find a child to nurture and teach what you know. Don't be afraid to let them in because they "might" get hurt. How did you learn?
Here are somethings to keep in mind when working with kids in your shop:
The video that we shot on shop safety for kids is not all encompassing, not even close. But, it will give you some good points to help you get started. My hope for this video is take it will make you more comfortable with having kids in your shop and for your kids to have a good and safe time with you.
If you have any questions or comments about the video after you've viewed it, just leave a your comment below the video.
References mentioned in the video:
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