“You are not in this world alone”.
How many times did I hear that phrase from my high school band teacher? It was one of her two go to sayings for almost any situation. ( “Don’t make this hard” was the other) Years later, more than I care to think about, it was strange to look down at my bench and hear her gravelly voice as I was working on dovetails.
Pondering what all lay there:
- Dovetail saw came from Wally331 during last year’s saw swap.
- Brass hammer came with a plane from Hammerthumb during 2013’s plane swap—it’s a plane hammer that works awesome for chisels, too.
- Strop on the back of the bench was made by BigRedKnothead.
- Marking gauge was a prototype for the marking gauge swap. Similar ones were sent to fellow LJ’s shampeon and Wally331. I use one sent to me by Don Broussard with regularity, though mainly for larger projects.
- Marking knife was made by David Barron. I purchased it from him, but still handmade, not mass produced. I also probably would not have purchased from him had he not been such a gentleman and help when doing the marking gauge swap. (The marking gauge is based off his design)
Without other woodworkers, not only would I not have inspiration, I wouldn’t have very many tools! The only commercial tools are the chisels and a Starrett square. Even that was purchased from Patrick Leach, yet another person that contributes heavily to woodworking tools and knowledge.
Every time I’m in the shop, there are reminders of other people that share this great hobby. Maybe going galoot is less about the tools themselves than it is about being able to have a connection with the people involved with the tools.
Turns out a band teacher’s advice still rings true—I’m not in this woodworking world alone.
-- Pay heed all who enter: Beware of "the Phog" Rock Chalk, Jayhawk