Friday, February 25, 2011
A Birthday Affair
Sam's handmade gift for Bryan was a chessboard, chess being the current game du jour. We only have three other chessboards, collected on travels or as gifts, but not one handmade. Sam sawed scrap wood into a square, and painted on the chessboard pattern all by himself. Then he came looking for help, wondering how to make chess pieces. He thought maybe he could carve them. This was one week out from The Day, and as nice as that would have been, I thought it might be too challenging, with no prior carving experience. Oh, to be young and dream big! Old and jaded by too many frustrated projects, I suggested oven bake clay. While I read aloud to them, the kids rolled and cut. There followed a flurry of new birthday ideas for Dad. Arden was sure Dad would want a "chest" set from him too, but we talked him down to a set of checkers and a shared board with Sam. Then Kara dreamed up a tic-tac-toe set and whipped one out of left over clay.