Some kids are drawn to sawdust.
They grow up building things. Shelves.
This day, June 1, 2000, both of my sons presented projects at school. Jesse worked with a team of graduate students at Stanford redesigning an automated cow-milking machine. It was their final project before receiving their Master's degrees. The team, known as the Cowboys, put their work on display (without cows) in the hallowed halls of the Stanford Engineering Department. For refreshments, of course, they served milk and cookies. I don't have a photo of the machine, but I do offer proof that Jesse brought to the project a history of actual hands-on experience (the only team member to do so).
On this same day Will, a musician, presented a 10-string electric mandolin that he built as a senior project in high school. It was his own design. He'd already built two electric guitars and an electric bass, each of his own original design, each an experiment and a learning process.
|Necks thin (left) and thick (right)|
Two independent boys who like to get their hands dirty and create original designs. Am I proud of them? You bet.
It all starts with freedom to play and to build, a grounding in the real world (with real cows), a childhood lived in sawdust.