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Dads

12 May

This weekend the  Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust  organised a cornucopia of smelting, forging, green woodcraft, lace work, spinning, iron work, free machine embroidery, and leather work down at the Industrial Hamlet under the guise of  twitter.com/galvanizefest. The quality of the maker’s skills and the atmosphere was rich, restorative and inspiring. Even the inclement weather did not dampen the mood.

Dadliness

I invited Katie Bevan to help me make a cleft oak and rhododendron rustic gate at the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet today. Here she is boldly sawing off a redundant branch from one of the gate pieces using a very sharp arborist’s saw. I was struck not only by the confidence of this young maker, but by the patient ‘hands off’ parenting of her Dad and the silent observation of her proud Grandfather.

Both these gents exhibited what is, in my daughter’s vernacular supreme ‘Dadliness’. The wisdom to stand back and let your child explore the world around her with all it’s excitement, wonder and risk whilst standing quietly in the background and just being ‘there’. It is a rare skill.

And, to be honest, it is your kids that teach you how to be ‘Dadly’.

Poll n H …and the lessons are easier to swallow over a pint.

 

Thanks to a helpful daughter I managed to finish my gate:

Gate

 

…. and be Dadly.

One Response to “Dads”

  1. Wes Hedge May 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Observing this ‘participation’ was a delight. Both to observe the confidence of the ‘tutor’ [Henk] and the ‘student’. Not many creative craft makers have that ability to communicate in this way ie be [to a degree] risk takers. There are too few artisans that have both the gift and willingness to involve in this way. A breath of fresh air!

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