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Middle school mask project out of copper

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My middle schooler had a social studies project to make a traditional African mask. As soon as he got the assignment he told me he wanted to forge it. Since we're both just beginning metal workers, I couldn't really figure out how to go about it so I came up with using copper. Bro inlaw does dozer work had come across a large squashed copper pan of some sort in a trash pile, so we cut a big piece out of it. Worked it cold with a ball-pein on various different "dies" that we found laying around. It was about a 50/50 job between me and him. He'd watch while I figured out how to do something on one side then he would do the other side. I thought it came out pretty good and it was a hit at school. We decided not to leave it there though, probably wouldn't have lasted a day. It was a good time out in the shop and we learned a lot. He is in to the whole bladesmith/armorer thing so this gave him some good experience with sheet metal. This is the first thing either of us has made out of copper.

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Very nice. Family time is never wasted time.

 

It's great to see parents who are inspiring their kids to work with their hands. I wish more parents would make time to help their kids learn to make things and spend time in the shop with them. I clearly remember my father helping me build projects for school, or helping him work on cars or fix things around the house.

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Thanks for the kind words.

I really like the school projects and I get very frustrated when I get the "oh yeah I have this project that I knew about a month ago and we could have done something really cool but its due tomorrow so now we have to throw some hunk of crap together so I can get a grade" sort of scenarios. :huh:  That's just kids though. This one was done in a timely manner so hopefully those days are over.

 

But yeah, raising kids takes a lot selflessness when it comes to time, but when its gone its gone. I'm just glad he's gotten into something we can both enjoy.

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But yeah, raising kids takes a lot selflessness when it comes to time, but when its gone its gone. I'm just glad he's gotten into something we can both enjoy.

 

 

While my dad spent a lot of time with me doing things like Scouts,  I really regret he didn't have the time to do more things because he was in the military. I envy guys who'd go hunting with their dads or have big projects like cars they'd work on together on weekends etc. I think it's great you two have found something you both enjoy you can do together. While I think being a parent comes 1st especially at a younger age, it's really great to see people who are both friends as well as parents to their kids.

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