Friday, July 2, 2010
On the way to the farm yesterday my son was making fun of me when I told him I needed to buy stakes. He said a real farmer would make them out of sticks them-self. And honestly, in my head, that thought had occurred to me before. We were just joking around, but when we got there the boys took the ax and Brandon carved a point pretty easily on the end of a branch and we decided that maybe we really could make our own stakes. It's not something I recommend, in a cost/benefit analysis sort of way, but what a great experience for my boys! They often role play as woodworkers in their online games. Now they get to try it out for real. I sent them into the woods to gather long thick sticks to chop up and sharpen. We brought the ax home to sharpen too. It was dull as a butter knife. The most dangerous knife is a dull one- and I imagine that's true for axes too. It reminds me of something Abe Lincoln said, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. "
Posted by Deena at 2:24 PM