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Handmade by Grandpa

My dad has worked with his hands his entire life. I still believe he can build anything, do anything and fix anything. I have a few things that he’s made and I’m hoping he remembers that rocking chair I found in that magazine at his house because OH DADDY THAT ROCKING CHAIR. He has a shop out in his garage that he lets Addie come out and help him in, just like I did when I was little.

I had forgotten how wonderful the smell of wood and varnish were. Stepping into his shop was like stepping back into my childhood with a much better view. Many of his tools have changed but so many of them are the exact same. He had just sold a mirror from his etsy shop and had to finish it up while we were still there. He was kind enough to let me hang over his shoulder with my camera and of course he loved having Addie out there with him.

I’m so thankful she’s able to have this memory of her grandpa and that she’s able to see him work with his hands. So many things just show up in our lives, it’s so important to me that she understands where they come from and why we buy things the way we do (local and handmade when possible.) The following photos make me so happy. That I was able to get my dad in his element with my oldest daughter.

I only wish you could smell the wood.

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  • What He Makes 1 of 10
    What He Makes
    He started an Etsy shop last year and sells these little ornaments he learned to make in Germany. He also makes mission style furniture, but the ornaments were what was most popular.
  • Working 2 of 10
    Working
    Growing up our garage was his shop. Just stepping foot in there brought back so many memories.
  • Sketches 3 of 10
    Sketches
    I'm so thankful I was able to take a few pictures of his sketches. His handwriting and clean sketches are such a part of my childhood.
  • Sawdust 4 of 10
    Sawdust
    Just like when I was a kid, he let Addie take off the dust collection bags and dump them out so she could play in the soft sawdust.
  • Cleaning up 5 of 10
    Cleaning up
    Addie stayed as close to my dad as she could when he wasn't cutting or sawing something.
  • Side by Side 6 of 10
    Side by Side
    The only thing better than playing in the sawdust is cleaning it up with the little brush.
  • Observing 7 of 10
    Observing
    Oh, the smell of freshly cut wood. I forgot how wonderful is was and I hope Addie can remember it as part of her grandpa forever.
  • Assisting 8 of 10
    Assisting
    He always had a big bin of scrap wood that he would let my sister and me play in, now it's become Addie's scrap bin and she made good use of all the wood.
  • Sawdust Paint 9 of 10
    Sawdust Paint
    Addie took her pile of sawdust outside to draw pictures in it with her finger.
  • Best Granpa Ever! 10 of 10
    Best Granpa Ever!
    Addie took up residence in one half of his shop with Sharpies and glue, making signs for everyone in the family, this is the one she made for my dad.

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