OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (TNN) - A 15-year-old boy hopes to one day use his woodworking skills to build homes for others, but in the meantime, he’s hoping to find a loving home for himself. 7NEWS reporter Haley Wilson spent a day with James doing one of his favorite hobbies...creating things out of wood.
“Do you want to make a pass,” a woodworker at Woodcraft asked. “It has a really sharp bottom. Just grab it here, put pressure down there, and run her across there.”
James followed their instructions and made a pass to shave wood using a hand tool. His passion for woodworking started after he first saw it on TV which is when he decided to try it for himself.
“I made a sign that said clubhouse without the ‘e’ just to make it look like a little kid made it for fun," James said.
He said before going to Woodcraft, he hadn’t met anyone else who enjoyed the craft as much as he does. Not only does he find it fun, but he said it also offers life lessons.
“It takes patience,” he said. “It takes time, and without patience and time, in reality, you wouldn’t get anywhere.”
He hopes to not only become an expert woodworker but also wants to give back to others.
“If somebody needs a home or something, I can make them a small home.”
The teen has been in DHS custody for a few years and is waiting for a family to adopt him. He said the past few years have been filled with him jumping from home to home.
“It’s not fun because you make friends at one place and then you have them one day and you lose them the next,” James said.
James said it would mean a lot to have a family that he can have a relationship with because he hasn’t had that in a while.
“Just a family that loves for me, that cares for me, and has a nice place to sleep at night,” he said. “Just the basics.”
If you’d like to adopt James, call DHS at 580-471-7942.