Warning and disclaimer…This week’s blog entry is silly. If you don’t like silly, feel free to turn the page.
I am essentially a 58 year old kid.
One facet of the ‘handsawgeek life philosophy’ holds that everything in life does not need to be dead serious. Lighten up. Have some fun while you work. If it means injecting a small amount of silliness into the proceedings, so be it. To me, woodworking is no exception.
The other day, I was rummaging through some boxes in the basement when I came upon one that was full of a lot of my childhood toys. I still possess a number of them, all dating back to the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Among the treasures, I found these:
Any of you LJs who are Baby Boomers might remember KRAZY IKES.
For the uninitiated youngsters among you, KRAZY IKES are a building set containing plastic interlocking pieces that allows one to fashion all sorts of weird people and critters.
“Make Hundreds of Interesting Toys” announces the can.
And the set was only $1.00 in the 1960 economy!
After assembling the figure and snapping this photo, I began packing the set back into the box.
Wait a minute…Why bury this back in storage when I can have a wee bit of fun with it?
Thus was born “sawdustike”, my new woodshop mascot.
Besides representing the handsawgeek woodshop as the new Avatar, ike will also be making cameo appearences in the handsawgeek blog.
Of course, ike’s role in the blog will be very limited. After all, I am the master of my domain, and do not fancy the idea of being up-played by any silly plastic shop mascot!
Ike also enjoys the privelege of being the only object made of plastic to be allowed into the “Hand Tool Only Zone” of the shop. The HTOZ is also one of my particular eccentricities (the PC way of saying I’m anal about it). The HTOZ will likely be the subject of a future blog entry, when I get desperate to come up with a subject to write about.
It is my hope that all of you LJ readers will follow the handsawgeek blog. I intend to always keep it interesting, informative , and entertaining….and occasionally silly!
All comments are highly welcomed!
Thanks for looking….