6-28-13 W.Va. boy crafts Lego projects

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – David Blessing, 9, already has a good background for his dream career.

“I want to design Legos,” he said.

David would rather build things with Legos than play video games. His favorite class is math, a plus because it’s important to have the correct number of pieces before a Lego construction project begins, he said.

For those who would like to see some of his elaborate projects, David is holding Lego workshops at several area libraries along with assistance from his family.

He has already held workshops at two branches of the Kanawha County Public Library, including Cross Lanes and Elk Valley. Upcoming events will be 6 p.m. July 1 at St. Albans; 6 p.m. July 8 at the main library in downtown Charleston; 6 p.m. July 15 at Sissonville; and 6 p.m. July 22 at Riverside.

Attendees may see David’s Lego trains, which are motorized and run along tracks made of Legos.

David got his love for trains from his father, Andrew Blessing, and grandfather, Ron Blessing, of Sissonville. Both are interested in regular model railroading.

David lives in Charleston with his parents and sister, 7-year-old Emily. His mother, Olivia Bradshaw, is branch children’s manager at Cross Lanes.

His family is helping move all the Lego creations from one branch to the other as the workshops continue. The family works together to construct elaborate Lego trains, buildings, airplanes, people, vehicles, animals, and various other items. Some of these items will be displayed along with the trains to add interesting detail.

The Grand Emporium is a three-level structure with 2,182 pieces. David said his Dad helped with this structure that includes things like a toy department, revolving door, escalator, ice cream stand, mailbox, house wares section, and numerous other miniature details.

David began collecting Legos when he was just a toddler. They come in various sizes and complexities to fit different age groups.

“Part of David’s collection was handed down from when I was a child,” his mother said.

Some of his newest sets are fairly complicated but he can work with them as long as he follows instructions. He rarely needs help.

David, who will be 10 on Aug. 24, will be a fifth-grader at Ruffner Elementary in the fall.

Those who attend the workshops will gain tips for building and may see his elaborate completed projects.

They will also get a chance to build.

An 18-gallon tub filled with Legos will be available for attendees to try their hand at construction.

Bradshaw said the Lego program fits nicely with the summer library theme “Reading is Math Magical.” Check the site www.kanawhalibrary.org for activities.

Space is limited in the Lego workshops. To register, call the local branch where you wish to attend.

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