I feel ya on the Piper thing; when everybody started posting that, I was like ‘where do I know her from?’ I didn’t watch Charmed, but my sister did, so it took a little bit and I actually *could* see her as Stiles’ mom because all I knew was that she was a witch… Funnily enough, in one of my fics, Derek does woodworking and he learned it from his dad! Now I’m wondering if I read one of your posts and just kinda half-remembered it, or if I thought it up on my own…
That’s awesome!! I honestly cannot for the life of me remember where that headcanon came from. If it was something I came up with or read in passing and latched onto… the only semi-solid thing I have is that Hoechlin once headcanoned that Derek had helped his dad build the porch at the Hale house when he was growing up, which is such a nice image and proves that his dad was handy and good at building, so maybe the idea grew from there?
I have this intense image in my head of (papa!Hale) Noah and Talia meeting when he was walking out in the preserve, looking for fallen branches to use in some new piece he was constructing (he specialized in building from local wood; he liked having that local connection for his pieces). And I picture Noah as being human, but just this really in touch with nature, woodsy type, and he spots Talia when she’s out walking in the preserve in wolf form. And he’s just so gentle and respectful when he catches sight of her and it captures her interest and decides that she just needs to know him. So she catches his scent, and then the next day or the next week goes out and finds him in town in her human form, and that’s how they fall in love.
But yeah, slightly off topic, I guess, but that’s why I love the woodworking idea so much: because it ties so much my backstory of his character and how he and Talia met. I also think it’s something Derek would find really relaxing and comforting once he starts to get a little bit settled –– working with his hands, building something solid and tangible, useful and beautiful, when so much of his world has burned away from him. And I love the idea of him doing that because it’s this connection he feels with his father, so… yeah, woodworking!Papa Hale (and Derek!) ftw.