spindle turning with the boy

My son, August (here 11 years old), participated in a woodworking camp last summer. Today I dragged him IPad-less to Philadelphia Woodworks. Here we are at the lathe doing a bit of spindle turning on a 6” block of black walnut. It was pretty scary to do this with him. There was a lot of hand-over-hand holding of the roughing gouge. In the end, this little spindle project turned out great. All of the other woodworkers were super nice to him. I hope it inspires him to become a furniture maker or carpenter — anything but a cognitive scientist!