Who would do this to a child?!
Well this goofy f'er of course!
(sorry, phisherman- meant to post this, not mail it....)
My question was, are those real tools or the useless Fisher-Price style
'safe for kids' faux tools? In which case the age should be 3-5. At 9, I
was using the family Real Tools, albeit under supervision for the sharp
and/or powered items. (They imposed that rule after I slashed open the
back of left hand with a utility knife at age 5 or so, trying to cut
cardboard to make I don't even remember what.)
Of course, they didn't let me use tools because they thought it was
cute. They wanted to put my ass to work. By 12 or so, I was spending
Saturdays and school breaks on the job sites. Seeing as how those houses
were for paying customers, the first few years were doing cleanup, not
anything where I could do damage. I got to know the pushbroom, rake, and
scoop shovel REAL well. Different world back then, pre-OSHA, and where
child labor laws were routinely ignored in small towns in flyover
country. In hindsight, the crusty old craftsmen who worked for my father
were extremely patient with me (mostly), and I learned as much from them
as I did in school. A special treat was being allowed to ride along with
the backhoe/truckdriver guy up the the supply houses in the Big City to
pick up material orders, once a month or so. To 'help load', of course.
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