Saturday, 10 October 2009

There is a half finished boat

in the workshop. It is, thankfully, a model boat. My father started it but never finished it. He was using it to teach a cousin's grandchild how to do certain things. I never inquire too closely. I have no particular desire to make small wooden boats with smaller electric motors.
There was more work done on the boat yesterday. A friend's grandson came to spend a day in the shed. He is eleven and likes to make things. He is intelligent but has some quite serious learning difficulties. Dad suggested several things he could do. One was do some work on the boat with a view to eventually keeping it for himself. Great idea!
They disappeared to the shed while I did some work with his grandmother.
Much later the "two boys" had to be prised from the shed so they could be fed. They had spent the morning making the rudder. It had been designed but it had to measured and cut and put together. This involved learning to solder two pieces together as well as using the small metal lathe.
"Look! I've learned heaps too." It is a very neat, almost professional, job. I have seen many first efforts. All too often they are uneven blobs. This is an almost smooth line between the two sections. I am genuinely impressed by his skill.
"More than me. I have never soldered anything," I tell him.
He looks at me and I think, "Now please don't say something about being a girl."
He does not. He grins, immensely pleased with himself,and says, "I'll show you if you like."

7 comments:

Rachel Fenton said...

What is it with boys and boats? I do not understand it at all - but if it keeps a young lad's self-belief afloat I'm all for a good boat!

catdownunder said...

You mean you are not a fan of Ratty and Mole?

Rachel Fenton said...

"'Hullo', said Ratty.'Hullo', said Mole." I am, or rather was, a fan - I had those lines underneath a picture of the two friends on my bedroom wall as a child! But I much preferred the darker happenings of Toad Hall, "poop poop" to
"messing about on the river"!
And boat symbolism - you ever taken a look at that?

catdownunder said...

No, what do boats symbolise? I mean, I grew up near boats...I am no good on them because I get sea sick but I like looking at them!

Rachel Fenton said...

Boats are the transport to the other side - to the next world/underworld. And if you've read Margaret Atwood's Surfacing, you could read up on critical essays about the symbolism of the boat in her book...all to do with the womb and..well, you get my drift - ha, drift...you get my drift...um...

6p010536bbe73e970b said...

Boats signify the endless possibilites that could arise from a journey to new places. That's a complete guess of course!

catdownunder said...

Ah yes Rachel, the journey across...but I prefer Dark Puss's idea!
Hello Dark Puss, nice to 'meet' you here! I perhaps should warn you I know nothing about particle physics. I have enough problems keeping all four paws on the ground!