One special Stanley

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 04-02-2012 10:13 PM 6959 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The hobby of woodworking, it’s something most enjoyed when I need to get away from noise, get next to nature and temporarily tune out the depression of the bad news in life.

In my shop I can create something for me and the people I care about. I can dream of builds I have yet to make and I can play with the woodworkers toys of Plane, saw, and chisel.

It is so easy to get pulled into what our world has become…. a race of ants hurrying about and yapping into phones and looking for more of something you can never be satisfied by….lol. Everyone trying so hard to outdo the other…I think out there in the stars Jupiter really does not give a dam….lol

I received a handplane I had won on ebay and in the midst of cheers and…..yessss….....I got it babbbby!…haa…..I stopped to realize after my celebration that it was a widow selling some of her husbands beloved collection…..and It was the greatest handplane that I will ever have for many more reasons far more important than a toy to work with.

It’s a 5 1/2, a real beauty if you like these bulldozer Stanley’s….lol…a type 16. The pics…wow….did it justice when seeing in person. I knew by the description….it was loved and cared for.

I wrote her my satisfaction and thanks as well as my condolences for her loss…losing her husband a mere six months ago.
She wrote me this wonderful letter in return…told me she had known him since she was 15 and now after 53 married years she wrote how hard it is and thanked me for my kind words.

She went on to express how much he loved to collect old Stanleys…it was a real passion of his.

Now this plane…..I don’t care to call it mine…......I am just taking care of it for John.

The hobby of woodworking, it’s something most enjoyed when I meet people that share the love of this craft and learn us lessons more than dovetails and mortices. Time is precious for sure.

So it rests easy…... in my till with some pine shavings, somehow I think he would have wanted it like that.

Be good to each other friends,


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

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 10:41 PM

Joe, it is in good hands. That is all anyone could ask. Nice post.

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#2 posted 04-02-2012 11:11 PM

a brute of a plane. a real beauty. and a nice story to go along with it. my dad just lost his wife (mom) in december. they were married 69 years. the realization is still far away.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 04:18 AM

Joe thanks for sharing…..and as the late great Paul Harvey use to say
And now you know the rest of the story.
I too have a Stanley 5 1/2 C It is quite the brute
Here some of my planes, my favorite is #2 Stanley (not shown)
when ever I use and old Stanley ( and that is all I own) It some how feels right
Like a good friend willing to help and together we make someone happy ( even if it is just me)
Again Thanks Joe

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 04-03-2012 07:17 AM

Having an emotional attachment to our tools seems to be a common thread with so many woodworkers. Maybe this somehow raises our awareness of other’s feelings, as has happened in this case. A few kind words can go a long way.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-03-2012 01:15 PM

You’ve got a gr8 collection there

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

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#6 posted 04-03-2012 02:08 PM

What a great story. You do him honor, and that’s a real bonus in life. I hope someone someday can honor me by honoring what I leave behind. Thanks for the reminder to be sensitive to others. I’m sure you made a big difference in his widow’s day.


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#7 posted 04-03-2012 11:51 PM

you cant beat an old stanley plane i love you plane rack

-- reggle/england/Nothing like a good piece of hickory

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