|Project by helluvawreck||posted 08-23-2010 08:02 PM||3922 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I’m probably breaking the rules because I didn’t make this bat. My son Charlie made this bat when he was 12. About two weeks before he made this bat we had bought a Powematic lathe at an auction and I hooked it up and played around with it a few hours. The last time that I had used a lathe was in high school. About a week or so later my son Charlie came to the plant and I spent an hour or two showing him how to use the lathe. I turned him a couple of bats because it seemed to be a simple thing to choose to show him how the lathe worked. When he was ready to try it himself I let him take over and he pretty much had the hang of it right off the bat (know pun intended). I was a little nervous and was concerned that he might get hurt but he was pretty good about such things and had a lot of common sense. Before the day was over he had made quite a few bats. This is the only one that I have left. It was his first one. When my brother watched him turn that day my brother told Charlie that he believed that he had found his calling. We lost Charlie a couple of years later. If Charlie were alive today I really do believe that he would be a Lumberjock himself. I know that he would be a good woodworker.
-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau