I hope this blog is read and shown to as many Army veterans as you can who were stationed at Fort Knox during the 1940,s through the time the wooden barracks were in use. What a memorable time this was. As a kid in the late 50’s I sold newspapers to the GI’s in these very same barracks. This is not an add to sell any thing.This is a story about many things including white oak and our history using it in WWII barracks. As you will see in my project I have the honor of making the white oak display cases for the commemorative historical Fort Knox barracks knives.
This case frame made using old white oak flooring from old barracks from 1941. Notice the nail holes. Now on to the story.
The handles of these knives are made of the flooring also. Each piece of the flooring has the embossed markings from the Miss. lumber co. The unfinished inside of each box has a part of the embossing still readable.
Each knife is different and the rebuilt barracks are so nice for keeping our veterans memory’s alive.
Thanks for spending your time reading and remembering. All comments or PMs welcome. If you have questions I will answer or find the answer.
-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon