Wearing a pair of safety goggles, 8-year-old John Christian turned the brace and bit, slowly drilling a hole into a log.
As the sounds of hammering and sawing filled the surroundings, the Kennedy School student seemed very serious as he worked on the project with the help of a Douglas County 4-H member.
Finally, after about 30 minutes, John finished the construction project, proudly holding his very own bird feeder.
"It was fun," he said. "I'm going to get some peanut butter and stuff it into the holes."
John was one of dozens of children who learned how to use hammers, drills and saws Saturday morning at the 4-H "I Can Do Workshop," which was part of the Lawrence Garden and Home Show.
THE SHOW, which began Friday, will continue today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr. About 4,000 people are expected for the three-day show.
The show includes 44 commercial exhibitors and 56 booths and features educational displays and seminars relating to garden and home improvement, remodeling and maintenance, said Ann Peuser, owner of Clinton Parkway Nursery and the show's chairman.
After 4 p.m. today, the show will sell all of the flowers on display, Peuser said. Pansies, geraniums, tulips, daffodils and begonias are among the flowers on display.
Seminars today include:
"Soil Conservation in Town," at 12:30 p.m., by Doug Gahn, district conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service, Lawrence.
"Fire Extinguishers for the Home," at 1:30 p.m., by Roger Brown, Weis American Fire Equipment Co., Lawrence.
"Quick and Easy Composting," at 2 p.m., presented by Suzanne Grant, a Douglas County master gardner.
"Adaptive Gardening for the Elderly and Disabled," presented by Dick Mattson, a professor of Horticulture Therapy at Kansas State University.
THE MAIN change from last year's show is that the home is emphasized, Peuser said. Some of the home exhibits include siding, carpeting, water purification, garages, heating and cooling, lighting, paint and windows, she said.
Peuser said the "I Can Do Workshop," which is free, allows parents to leave children age 5 and above for about 30 minutes while they go through the exhibits.
Barbara Lilyhorn, the county Extension 4-H and youth agent, said the project, which will be held from noon until 2 p.m. today, is designed to teach children how to use hand tools and about the environment and ecology.
"They get to use a lot of different pieces of carpentry equipment," Lilyhorn said. "And we hope they get to learn a little bit we hope this will help our bird population."
SIMON BARNES and Charlie Biggerstaff, both 7-year-old Wakarusa School students, were excited as they waited to pick a log.
"I feel like I'm going swimming," Charlie told his friend as he put on the safety goggles.