Back in 1989 my first and best mentor died, my grandpa lived next to me growing up and I spent many hours in his shop bugging him. He taught me a lot and little did I know years later I would still be repeating things he said in my head as I’m working. Gramps worked with oak and mahogany quite a bit so every time I smell either species I picture him looking over my shoulder. I think the coolest thing about woodworking is the legacy it leaves. I’ll be paying for something at a store (in my old home town) and someone will see my name and say “Hey are you related to Kenneth Powell?” When I answer yes they will tell me something like “He made me a table back in 1976 or a set of cabinets in 1978 and they are just as beautiful now as they were then.” Very rewarding work to say the least.
Anyway I’m rambling, when Gramps died his tools were kind of in limbo due to family conflict. My uncle got a hold of them several years back and was actually using them (which of coarse is what gramps would have wanted). But alas my Unc passed away also and when my cousins were going thru his things they asked if any of the rest of us would be interested in any of gramps stuff. Well I jumped on that, told them about the chisels and remembering him using them, sharping them, and yes even making his own handles when the old worn ones finally broke off. Gramps was pretty utilitarian when it came to tools, nothing fancy just what works and thats all, I remember him adding pieces of dowel to the end of a pencil so he could get the entire length of pencil used up LOL.
So here are some pics of the chisels, plus some extra goodies my cousins thought I would appreciate, a brace with auger bits and even a spoke shaver, I’ve had these for a while now and use them all the time, the real neat thing is that the chisels are still soooo extremely sharp just like gramps sharpened them yesterday (at least thats what I like to believe). I’m going to look into what I should do to clean up the augar bits and start using them too. I keep the brace chocked up with a screw driver bit for when I don’t need to do too many screws cuz it reminds me so much of him.
-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug