It has been a little while since sitting down to write a blog to share with you. Lately I have found myself in a small rut. I had involved myself in some social media wood working groups. Guess what? I really began to miss Lumberjocks pretty quick….lol. Not to say that I was leaving my participation from LJ’S …...no way. But I will gladly say that I began to really miss the inspiring camaraderie that I have always experienced on here. I was looking for that same good vibe while participating in a few of the other woodworking groups…I will be honest in saying it fell short.
I needed refueling, somehow my passion for traditional tools and projects was hazed over in some sort of disappointment. I think it was from not feeling that buzz of sharing my enthusiasm of woodworking and enjoying shop projects with others that had that great spirit that so many of you friends do. I really do appreciate your comments and questions. I am very thankful for this site and the good folks I have become familiar with while using it. Thank you!
So with that, I have returned thankful and excited to share stories, projects, and some spoons!
Now lets get to some good stuff,.....old tools!!!
This past Sunday morning was an auction day. Me and my Father had not made it out to the auction for a about 2 months and we thought we would say hello to our friend Ralph. In the blazing 90 degree weather I wanted to make the trip and just see if Ralph would be there, say hi and see what goodies he would have displayed on his tool table! We walked a bit, the hot sun was sure cooking with no let up of extreme humidity added to the journey. Well sure enough with a large yellow umbrella sitting in his beach chair there he was! Ralph is 87 years old and honestly he looked even younger than the last time I saw him….incredible. A few vendors much younger than him had already began packing up their goods and heading for home…lol. Ralph was happy to see us and say hello. He said he made out great with many sales the prior day at the other auction yard that he works. But he admitted that this morning was very slow with not many enduring the temps of this boiling heat. Well not to worry…you know that I was gonna fix that up…lol. I saw a few nice items, a nice old Millers Falls Eggbeater Drill, a wonderful old wooden Spokeshave…..etc..etc. Honestly with all of my spoon carving that kept me so busy it was really nice just to look at old tools and get the motivation for getting back to my bench!
My tally of tools to be bought were as follows:
An old Stanley Hammer with a nice octagonal handle, wooden spokeshave, Millers Falls eggbeater drill, Bell Needle Nose Pliers, and a True Temper Ball Peen Hammer.
Now all of these fine oldies were more than reasonably priced but even so Ralph made me such a nice deal with the whole lot of clean good tools going for only $30. What can I say, I know with ebay prices…this was a wonderful steal. But honestly I think more of a kind gift from a good friend.
Seeing Ralph and sharing some laughs was good for my soul and I think his as well. It reminded me of what had been missing in my recent unfulfilled woodworking journey. People like Ralph are becoming forgotten and I don’t like that. It is an important part of life to celebrate those interesting, experienced and good people that can touch your own life with a much needed wisdom from a much different time than our current one. Facebook cannot provide that. So much of the actual make up of the entire Facebook idea is so phony it can really leave you feeling silly sometimes. I am already silly as it is…lol.
The reality is that social media is an important road if you have a small online craft business like myself. These are paths we must travel to help show and grow web identity to the many that do not know your talents and business exist. Perhaps the paradox that I slipped into was falling too far into that world of computerized connection of creating and forgetting my hammer and nails.
Of course the most important part as I was reminded this past Sunday morning was the good people which includes the many of you here on Lumberjocks.
Those tools….I don’t even know if I will use them much, somehow I just wanted to have them and keep them as a good reminder of an important lesson. I suppose the lesson here for me is inter being with real things. Applications for phones and gizmos have our daily lives buzzing about like modern R2-D2’s lol, hell some phones are even called Droids now! If you were a kid in the 70’s watching Star Wars movies did you ever Imagine that the word “Droid” would become the name for a phone! I at times feel we are almost becoming force fed zombies bumping into walls texting someone about who they should text next…lol! I dunno…..I guess I will just take up my complaints with Yoda, he is little but seems to get things done…lol.
Here are also some of my latest spoons!
I did not want you to think I was slacking!...lol.
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Well gang I guess that about does it this time around. I thank you for taking a few moments and reading. I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying your projects!
Keep on choppin’ wood!
All the best,
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB