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Crafts Are Also For Boys

Jun 6, 2008
Frequently, the word "craft" makes people think about ladies knitting or painting pots. It's a natural association since girls tend to be more interested on craft work than boys. However, it doesn't mean guys can't enjoy craft as well. Actually, some crafting activities fit much more boys than girls.

No problem if a boy wants to do any of the activities mentioned above, but crafts are more likely to be enjoyed by them if they are presented as a more masculine artistic expression. Here are some examples of activities that might be teasing to a boy to engage with:

Woodworking:

most of the girls wouldn't enjoy sweating and being, covered with dust, right? But, on the other hand, a boy may absolutely love it! Woodworking requires getting hands dirty and some physical strength what presents this activity to a boy as a "job for men". It doesn't mean girls can't do it, I personally know a few ladies who are incredible carpenters, but we have to agree that woodworking sounds much more boyish than pottery or tricot.

Although we call them generically woodwork, actually there are different kinds of crafts involving wood handling. Some are very simple and don't require complex skills like whittling. Others are very complicated and need more knowledge like making quality furniture or musical instruments.

Whittling is a type of sculpture technique usually done on soft wood to create animal figurines. For beginners we recommend the Balsa wood which is soft and easy to handle. All you need to perform this sort of woodworking is the wood and a set of whittling knives. Make sure you have your knives and other carving tools always sharp; it will make your job a lot of easier. Moreover, remember that the harder is the wood kind you pick, more effort you will have to put on it to get it sculpted.

Complex woodworking will demand the use of electric devices such as jigsaws and drills. Make sure you do a safe use of them, otherwise you can badly hurt yourself. You should also plan in details all the steps of your job to avoid mistakes. Precision on the execution of your project will save you from having to throw away a good piece of expensive wood due to a silly slip-up.

Ok, we are talking about masculine crafts, but I have some interesting data that shows men also enjoy "girly" crafts. Did you know that some footballers do knitting as a relaxation method and some of them had their crafts auctioned to aid charity?

There is another smelly and sweaty craft that girls wouldn't enjoy and boys may simply love: blacksmithing. Besides of the dirty aspect of this craft, not often we will find girls having enough muscular strength for this activity. However, blacksmithing is not only about powerful arms; it also demands skilled hands and courage to deal with the red-hot iron.

In order to be enjoyed by a boy, a craft activity will usually have something to do with physically challenging tasks that would be hardly chosen by a girl. However, it doesn't mean it's wrong for a boy or a man to like crafts normally associated with ladies. The main point here is to remember that crafts are for boys as well.
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