For the last five years, my wife has worked as a home care assistant for an 82 year old woman with Alzheimer’s named Jenny. Over these years I’ve also been the resident handyman/painter, etc. Jenny & Ed, her passed-on husband, were very prosperous pork producers here in Southeastern Indiana & Ed was an avid, albeit primitive, woodworker.
When Ed passed in 2004, the farm acreage was sold to a neighbor, but the house, 2 outbuildings, and 3-1/2 acres were retained….Jenny’s estate is taken care of by two of their neices, who seem to have grown pretty fond of both Nancy & I….....mostly Nancy, me thinks.
In late June, it was determined that Jenny needed to be placed in a nursing home. The neices approached us with the offer of a lifetime…. We have moved in to this old farmstead in the middle of absolutely nowhere, surrounded by nothing but corn. The nearest neighbor is nearly a mile away, just the way we like it!
Ed’s will stipulates that within one year of Jenny’s passing, the property is to be sold. So, the deal we have going is that we are paying $550/month just to cover utilities for at least a year. That covers gas, electric, Dish Network, and garbage pickup. When we close, the selling price is $50K…..the “farm” as we call it was recently appraised $120K!
About now you’re probably wondering what the heck this has to do with woodworking, huh?..... Here’s some background: Where we lived before, my shop was a one-stall, 14X18’ garage with woefully inadequete power service….As my stationary tool “arsenal” grew, it became suffocating; I couldn’t do anything without moving everything. I was storing my hardwood in a 12×24 “Garage in a Box” tent.
So here we are now with 2, count em 2 shop spaces! One is the garage that’s 16×24, and the other is a heated and insulated space about 18×24 portion of an old barn.
On top of all this, I inherited a late 70’s vintage Craftsman Tilting head 12” Bandsaw, a pretty nice router table w/52” bed & Dewalt router….........and tons of hardware…..And(get this) we were also gifted with a 1970 Massey-Ferguson 175 utility tractor with loader!!!!
Also, there’s at least 200bf of 1×6x8 of Black Walnut, a fair amount of Poplar, and a bit of Redwood. It took me two days to move my own lumber here….but I’m sure not gonna complain about having too much lumber! Just like wood clamps, a guy can never have too much…..
This is my first blog ever, and I’ll try to figure out posting pics via photobucket soon and add them here asap. Thanks for viewing!
I suppose my message here is that nice guys don’t always finish last! Have a good and prosperous day! ~ Joe
-- Beer and Bandsaws just don't mix. Take my word for it!