I wanted to post this to share with you some of the gifts my mother-in-law, my brother, and a neighbor gave me recently. So, I just retired from the Army last month and I’m pretending I’m retired for real for just a little while before I start another job. Because of that, I have had some time to travel and visit my family so off we went last month; myself, my wife and four kids to North Carolina to visit my mother-in-law. While we were there, my MIL, my wife and I went through some of the old tools that were gathering rust in the shed since my father-in-law passed away a few years ago. I took a picture of some of the tools that I brought back with me. The nicest ones are the early 50s Disston saw, still with some bite on the teeth even with the rust and age, and the Stanley planes which need restored. The Stanley No3 just needs a good cleaning, but the Stanley 192 has a blade in it from a much wider plane. The other two planes are a Great Neck Corsair and a no-name. I’m thankful for all of the tools of course, not least of all the four honing stones as I just dropped my old one and broke it.
A couple days after we got back to NY from NC, I headed out again, this time alone, to see my family in Kentucky. Before I left KY, my younger brother gave me the walnut lumber that he just had sitting in his garage and the Osage log, both of which are pictured in the back of my truck. Osageman inspired me to try to make something with this tough wood that no one around there seems to want to use for much of anything, but as far as I know it doesn’t grow around here so I had to import it. My younger brother did use some Osage logs for framing a shed, bark and all, but mostly just burns it.
I also owe a special thanks to my neighbor for thinking of me when he was cleaning out his old garage a couple weeks ago. There was a lot of old rough-cut lumber which came with the garage when he bought it years ago, mostly pine but a few gems in the mix so he let me sort through it before he threw it out. There is some elm, oak, and some other yet to be identified wood included in the stack in the last photo.
Anyway, this will keep me busy for a while, restoring some tools and planing some wood and of course I will be taking advantage of all the information shared by my fellow Lumberjocks throughout all of it so thank you all and I hope to be able to share some projects as I build some things with the tools and lumber. Also, please, someone tell me how to post pictures directly without cutting off most of the right side of the picture. Thanks
-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY