There is nothing that reminds me of the magic of creating more than having a kid or two in the shop, as with my niece and nephew this weekend. They encourage fast and uninhibited work full of wild imagination. No fancy tools required; with a coping saw, pocket knife, a little sandpaper, and some cheap craft paint, we brought into existence a most colorful dolphin and an eerily realistic whale shark — all while wearing paper hats.
These projects were in-the-round, but I wrote another post awhile back with some ideas about relief carving and working with young kids in general. And if you’d like to make one of these cool workman’s paper caps, I found the directions some time ago at this blog post from Joel at Tools For Working Wood.