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Andy the Tool Man is a carpenter. He prides himself in both his craftsmanship and his father’s and grandfather’s hand tools. There’s something warm and enticing about old tools. Andy knows that, and so do the children.
We used the big, old ‘bit and brace’ with its warm wood patina. We measured our feet with a folding ruler, and then we measured the hallway with a 50′ tape measure. Using real hammers and saws on a woodworking table was an exciting challenge. Real tools are far different than toy tools; learning how to actually manipulate a tool takes plenty of practice and also patience. Yet, real is better than pretend, so the experience was something children wanted to do. Our hand and arm muscles had a good workout…just what is needed in order to learn to pump a swing, and then to write.
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