The inspiring treasures of a Grandfathers woodwork

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 03-05-2012 12:17 AM 6952 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey friends, I wanted to share a project/blog….that never got on here, as it was done probably in the late 1960’s from what I have learned.

I remember as a child going and snooping as all young kids do..and going into my Grandparents bedroom and being in awe…of this wooden closet…lol.

My father told me that this became a side project of my Grandfathers and he did it as a pastime hobby.
I am amazed that the work is so clean all done in Cedar…and so new looking right up to this very day.

My Grandfather was not a woodworker by profession at all…just enjoyed it here and there and loved to paint more than anything…lol

Here are some current photos of his work.

What a wonderful woodcrafting investigation process…looking and capturing what he had created some 40 plus years ago.

All that wondeful clean all the puzzle parts meeting as best as possible….very cool.

It’s amazing….there I used to walk and snoop all of 5-6 years old…looking at it all I suppose in wonderment of all the grain and color…the fascination of the texture and look…all kids like hidden compartments too….as this had in it.

Now at 40 years of I am..just the same wonderment…and deep appreciation of this fine work..looking and loving the hidden treasures of what woodworking offers us….connections to our insides….challenges to overcome in life as well as the shop project list….and friends made through the art of learning together.

So here it is….my Father tells me he thought the cedar pieces were cut with an old Disston backsaw….I am lucky to now own and use that same saw.

In closing I ask the younger woodworkers/people…(even though…ha I am not claiming to be that old…..yet….lmao)....whatever your talents may be…...from carpenter, cook or artist…stop and respect the works of those before your time without being too over confident or souless to something you may consider …..old and outdated…lol

For the hammer and nails…saws and planes are there to hone a learning persons will to craft wood and achieve your goals….don’t be surprised how much your inner self also is taught lessons from these fine exercises… living your life.

Live and laugh a lot

Thanks for the time and your talents,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 12:28 AM

Hat was a great deal of work, but the craftsmanship is why it is still seen

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

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 12:30 AM

My grandfather was a machinist by trade, but did a little it of everything as a hobby. He painted, built things from wood, metal and anything else he got his hands on. I remember as a kid watching him work from the steps in his basement workshop. When I was about ten, he would even let me come all the way down and “help”. I remember feeling so proud down there when my other cousins would sit on the stairs and watch US work. I was the only one allowed off the steps because I was oldest. He passed years ago, but I still have a few of his tools and a painting he did when he was 14. Now I think of it, I think I may move the painting to the shop so I can re-frame and hang it in there. It always reminds me of him and where my original interest in woodworking came from.

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 12:47 AM

Looks like it was done yesterday.

Craftsmanship has no time limits or boundries.

What a great closet and place to “explore” as a kid!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 08:12 AM

Hi Joe,
Nice story, take care of that Dison.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 01:12 PM

very kool. very nice story, and some gr8 words of wisdom. yes, I agree 100%

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 03-08-2012 02:44 AM

Thanks for sharing and giving the encouragement to young woodworkers!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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