My Hand Tool Journey #6: Santa Is Early This Year!

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 03-30-2010 10:39 PM 2071 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got my mail today and could not believe what came. The label was hand written which confused me since most things to the store are from businesses. Then I saw who it was from—-David “patron” in New Mexico. Of course then I began to get excited. It didn’t matter what it was, it had to be good. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get a package from such a great Lumberjock.

Obviously, I was totally shocked by such a kind gesture. I already knew David was a great guy. There are few as encouraging and knowledgeable here on lumberjocks. David is one of a kind, and we are all lucky to receive his wisdom and expertise. All that said, I think I am more inspired by his life than anything. Not many go through what he has in life and come out to be such a valuable friend to so many. Seldom do we really thank those who have such an impact on us, so I say————————-THANK YOU DAVID!! Your thoughtfulness is truly touching


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#1 posted 03-30-2010 10:51 PM

I know that I am one of the group to have received surprise parcels for David and until you have you can not say that you are truly blessed to have such a friend.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 10:52 PM

what a exceptionel great gift
to arive unexpected on the
frontstep you lucky man
congrat´s with the plane
and for sure we can all
learn from David the patron
he is realy a great man


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#3 posted 03-30-2010 11:22 PM

Envious, Congrats

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 11:51 PM

Thats a nice plane.

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 12:19 AM

What a great story about two great men. Both are blessed.

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 12:36 AM

For the couple of months that I have been around I agree that David is top notch. He has always lent me a hand when it comes to advice even if it is something simple. Not all the people would do that.

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 01:04 AM

Greetings Kent:.... What a gift…. and a great jesture from a kind gentlemean. You won’t find many that would give such an antique (I guess it’s antique the way it looks) to just anybody. It reads to me as to say” from one great guy to another”. May you both live long and prosper…....... we need more kindness in the world today. Sometimes we get lucky and find good friends.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 01:05 AM

Awesome looking plane – David is truly a generous man..

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#9 posted 03-31-2010 01:11 AM

Well, that was really nice. I bet you were surprised. I posted a question on how to build raised panel doors not to long ago and wiitin minutes David had a complete tutorial for me. It was pretty amazing and helpful.

-- Janice

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#10 posted 03-31-2010 02:43 AM

now that, kent, is a plane. congrats

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#11 posted 03-31-2010 03:13 AM

when i saw your blogs on your wooden planes and chisels ,
( months ago ).
i knew this was meant for you .
i have had that for years ,
found it in a junk shop in Gloucester , Mass .
( of whaling ship days ) .
i knew it was in the shop ,
but as i looked for it , it had disappeared !
i’d keep looking , bewildered .
when i finaly started my vacuum system ,
i found it under 1/4” of sawdust ,
( right on top , of course ) !

i hope you enjoy it , Kent .
it is such a simple tool ,
and so well made ( by hand ) ,
i guess it is a jointer plane ,
28” long !
a little TLC ,
and some new finish (BLO ?) ,
and it should have years of service .

thank you kent ,
for all the sage advise and encouragement ,

enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 03-31-2010 03:41 AM

Great Story, Kent, and Congratulations on the “New” Plane!! It looks like a Dandy…
And yet another terrific gesture from you, David, Nice going!!
I love these stories with happy endings… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 03-31-2010 03:50 AM

Just think of the projects that can be done with that plane.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 03-31-2010 06:05 AM

What a great pair. A grateful receiver and a grateful giver.

What a team.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 03-31-2010 03:10 PM

Kent I know how you feel. I recieved this same plane from my wife’s uncle when they came to stay with us from Ohio. It’s cool to think that people are still ready to give when they find someone that will really cherish the gift. One day hopefully you and I can pass on something to someone else.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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