Not that I am one who really cares all that much.
Being a hand tool woodworker sometimes has its moments when the neighbors probably have to do a double take when they see what goes on occasionally in the handsawgeek driveway.
“What is that weirdie in the cowboy hat doing now?”
Once in a while, when the weather is nice outside, and I have some particularly large boards to break down to rough size, or a messy project to work on, I will haul a tote full of hand tools and the saw bench up the stairs from the Basement Annex, and set up a temporary ‘shop’ out on the front driveway.
On several occasions, they have observed me merrily hacking away at planks with rip and cross-cut handsaws, or poking holes in another piece of wood with a brace and bit, or using this humongous hand drill (breast drill) to drive screws. Or cutting up logs with a buck saw. Or knocking the bark and knots off the same logs on a portable stump with a hatchet.
“Why can’t this guy be normal like everyone else and use a REAL saw? Or a Makita Drill/Driver? Or a chain saw?”
Good questions, these…
Occasionally, one of them will wander over to take a closer look and ask a few questions. I usually make it a point to show them the tools and how they work.
The ones who exhibit a little more than passing curiosity might even be lucky enough to get a quick tour of the handsawgeek Basement Annex shop!
One such neighbor was actually on his way to possibly becoming a Neanderthal convert, but he moved from the neighborhood before that could come to fruition. It’s my hope that at least a wee bit of ‘handsaw-geekiness’ might have influenced him during his visits.
I think that once they see the processes of working with hand tools, how efficient they can be, and that I actually seem to be having fun with them, things no longer appear to be quite as mysterious to them.
“That was pretty cool! Maybe this guy isn’t such a weirdie after all!”
Of course, there’s still the matter of the cowboy hat……
The handsawgeek shop – all cleaned up and back in bizniss!