a family visitor
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We had heard that Robby was thinking about building a camp kitchen that would fit in the back of his car. He is an adventurer and a kitchen that would follow him on his camping/hiking/climbing trips made a lot of sense. He has always been pretty skilled in the wood shop -- from skills learned in a class he took in High School, and in the old shop we had in Evergreen. So we offered him what we had at Base Camp -- it was kinduva cool Christmas gift for him, we thought!
Even though Robby's project may have been a bit ambitious for such a short visit as this (his plans included angled side walls, angled base, a stove mounted in a drawer, another drawer for storage, an L-shaped pantry with door, a small sink, and a cavity reserved for the future purchase of a 12-volt refrigerator), he proved that he knew his way around a shop. He is creative, practical, and has a steady, accurate hand (and he is not afraid of a challenge). It really did not take him long before it was built, fully sanded, and installed in his Mini. He will paint it when he returns to Colorado, he says.
Unfortunately, four days passed quickly and Robby was too-soon back on the road to Denver. I have to admit that, as I was cleaning up sawdust and putting away all of the tools, I shed a little tear. It sure was fun to do a project with him again -- it brought back memories of times in the work shop together when he was just a kid. So much fun. So many memories.
But next time, Robby, please bring a BIGGER project!