This past week, we got to work on a couple of projects, using a downed maple branch from last year.
First, we made branch hooks. Another time I'll show you the natural edge blocks we are making together.
We cut pieces off the edge of the branch where smaller branches were sticking out.
We smoothed all the rough edges with sand paper and used our own homemade wood butter/polish (recipe to come!)
With a fair amount of help, both girls helped with the sawing, and with less help the sanding.
Even a 2 year old can polish well.
I used some self drilling/self tapping screws - the same kind I used for my Twig Trellises - instead of having to drill pilot holes with a drill. I used the screw itself to start the hole.
We hung the hooks on the side of a cabinet, with the screws behind a drawer.
To have invisible hardware, I put the screws through from the inside - the head of the screw staying inside the cabinet.
Because I'd done a pilot hole with the screw itself, we simply twisted the hooks onto the screws until they were tight against the cabinet.
Now the girls' cutting boards and aprons have a home. Having beautiful real tools, in a place they can access, allows them to learn real skills, contribute in a valuable way, and learn to appreciate so many things!