Me and my dad have butted heads more times then I can count.. We.. uhmm.. He is just that way! Of course my wife say’s we are just alike that’s why we can’t get along sometimes.. I wont’ accept that reason….. well….(Please don’t tell her she’s right!).
As I posted in my newbie post my great grandfather Peter Heinen was a woodworker by trade in the small town of Evansville, IL. He lived a very full life living to over 100yrs old! I have been searching for tools or pieces associtated with his work.. With little results.. Tools have been auctioned off long ago.. Any pieces he made have probably have dissapeared over the years.. Except a few pieces that my dad have… I went over the weekend to measure a childs chair and table made by great grandpa.. My dad was a little hesitent to let me “fiddle around” with these… I went back home thinking “well that was a bust”....really dissapointing!! About 5 to 10 minutes of being home the phone rang.. It was my dad telling me to come back over.. No reason just “come over”!
So I made my way back to my parents house wondering what he could possibly want… When I walk in he was in the basement.. At his feet was a box of “wood scrap” (I thought!) .. He told me that he had a peice of great grandpas work dissasembled in the box… (A small drawer unit).. “OOOOkkkk?” I said… “Well” he said ” take it home, its yours” Wow!! it’s just an box of peices but to me its alot more!
1) I have a piece directly from my great grandpa to assemble and study and maybe reproduce
2) My dad believes in my woodworking interest enough to give me this treasure! I didnt even know he had this in the house!! After all these years!!
Well for the next half hour we talked about Peter his work methods (50% hand tool, 50% power tools) , how at 78 yrs lost his first finger, the old table saw he had and other assorted things… I left the house feeling better about me and the “ol Man”.. I guess that no matter sometimes what personal problems a father and son have.. Maybe wood can be a healer????
(This is my first attempt at a blog. Any comments or suggestion would be great!) Thanks!
-- Mike, Southern IL