I hope you’ll all forgive me … if not indulge me.
Life’s … been … pretty complicated for me … for a few years, really, but … lately … even more so.
Too many medical things for a guy in his 40’s. I muddle through, but … some days are just better than others.
I trust I don’t have to explain that to anybody ;-)
Been way behind in shop time, and didn’t feel quite “safely up to it,” today.
But … somebody else’s post got me thinking.
My dad was born in 1939. In 1957, his dad took his own life. Complicated story, I’m sure. I still don’t know how much of it I know and don’t know.
But it really knocked my dad out flat … a position from which—despite marrying young, and doing what he could to raise three boys—I’m convinced he never really recovered.
He was a woodworker, my dad, but his shop time was an escape. I never knew what went on down in the shop. He never included me. Never taught me. I was quite a foreign creature to him, really.
In October 1996, my dad got out of his 40 year funk … by way of a heart attack. I think he’s at peace, now.
His second wife didn’t consider that the boys might want to remember their dad … by his tools … his Rockwell TS … or anything else. Garage sale’d all of it … but a dinged-up old tool box, filled with a rusty back saw, a dozen files, and a try square.
I miss my dad … like many of you probably miss yours. Today, I took it upon myself to give some love to that old try square … to clean it up, confirm that it was still square, and then to make it a part of my woodworking going forward.
So … as the Dymo Label might indicate … this is the try square—probably 60 years old, now—of Charles Sidney Brooks.
[EDIT: Make that 70+ years old]
“Dad,” to me and my brothers.
I love ya’, pops. I always did. We might not have shared this passion, while you were around, but … may you help me build better stuff, going forward.
I’ll treasure this … and my memories of you.
That’s glue-up #2 for my second African Mahogany night stand, by the way, that the square is sitting on. I think it’s just beautiful. I think my dad would be proud.
“Such a long, long time to be gone
And a short time to be there.”
Cheers, everybody :-)
-- -- Neil