Tools for Life
The Tools for Life program recycles unused tools and uses them to help parents and carers bond with their children in a practical fun-filled educational session. This is often a time for good conversation and telling family stories.
Working with tools often reminds parents of when they worked with their parents, uncles, and grandparents when they were young, and these are some of the stories they tell their children during our sessions. Projects are currently simple for younger kids (board games, houses, trucks, trains and boats) while older kids can get complicated (wooden sculpture, art). It's a great time for recollection and re-connection (and so are the games and the toys that are made).
We buy wood, dowels, glue, sandpaper, bits, saws, brushes and finishings so any donated tools would be appreciated. All woodworking tools are welcome - rulers, squares, hammers/mallets, planes, clamps, drills, rasps. Any tools not used by the Foundation will be distributed to other not-for-profits for their respective programs e.g. tools for Africa, tool libraries, woodworking clubs.
If you don't have unused tools then sharing any patterns for toys or any ideas for projects with children you may have would be welcomed. If you have your own shop with a band saw and drill press, help making wheels, blocks and shapes would also be appreciated.
While we haven't measured the impact of these workshops yet, so far they seem to benefit both children and adults alike.