Grandpa's mallet

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Project by EzJack posted 12-14-2010 12:57 AM 1900 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over 100 years ago his dad died at sea. Buried off New York never to see England again. Only one of the boy’s could go on to higher education and become a lawyer. The other went to trade school and this mallet was his first tool. The resentment was just a seed then so he still could be excited enough that when he received his name stamp he stamped his mallet 8 times. A cross pattern on both the handle ends, once on each flat side of the handle, and a couple more on the top of the head. All his other tools bare only one stamp. In his final days he told my father that his resentment of his brothers professional life and his of labor was a splinter that he could never pull.
I pulled the splinter for I find great pleasure in that which he was forced to do.
The Bloody Splinter

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 01:03 AM

great story
and a wonderfull rebuild

bet he is at piece now
thanks for that

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 01:16 AM

Wonderful mallet, amazing story and a great restore with a build in story.
He must be at piece now.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 12-14-2010 01:25 AM

thank´s for sharing the story behind a niice rebuild of a well used tool

take care

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#4 posted 12-14-2010 02:04 AM

Nice finish to a bittersweet tale…
Thanks for sharing it, my Friend…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 12-14-2010 02:13 AM

I love the combination of the legacy tool, and the story behind it.

Thanks for sharing yours. These tools have spirits, methinks :-)

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 12-14-2010 03:00 AM

Wonderful rebirth for a tool that could tell so many stories.
Great job.
The patina on the handle from years of work is priceless.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#7 posted 12-14-2010 03:15 AM

Great looking mallett.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 12-14-2010 03:15 AM

Just awesome….Thanks for sharing

-- Childress Woodworks

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#9 posted 12-14-2010 04:46 AM

Now that is what it is all about right there. My bride and I both are going nuts over this. What an inspiring story as well as heirloom. Congratulations on your beautiful piece of your own family history.

Thank you for sharing….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 12-14-2010 04:49 PM

Nice heartfelt story , Nice Mallet also !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 12-14-2010 10:41 PM

These are the projects I love to hear about.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#12 posted 12-15-2010 03:51 AM

”...his resentment … was a splinter that he could never pull.”

He could have been a writer…

Great history to tell.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#13 posted 12-15-2010 06:27 PM

Good post. Made my day.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#14 posted 12-15-2010 07:25 PM

That’s a beautiful mallet and even though the story was bitter sweet it was a wonderful story. I know how proud that you must be of it. Good work and congratulations.

-- 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

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