Clubs in the new workshop

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Project by ToddHolmDotCom posted 01-12-2013 10:40 PM 2242 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m sorry that the last two pictures aren’t oriented properly. If I can figure out how to edit those from my iPhone I will fix that. The first two pictures are pictures of billy clubs that I made to give away as awards at a tournament. They are made from two inch thick hickory and are roughly 19 inches long. The last two pictures are pictures of my new workshop. I recently moved from Ohio to Virginia and moved my workshop out of what was the family’s two-car garage and into this workshop. The garage was 20’ x 20’ and the workshop is a 30×30. I did math incorrectly thinking it was an extra 10 feet in both directions and 10×10 more was only another 100 sq ft. But the new shop looks almost empty by comparison. That’s because when you multiply 20×20 you get 400 ft.but when you multiply 30×30 you get 900 ft.. My workshop more than doubled in size. I couldn’t be happier.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 10:57 PM

It all looks good.
here’s a rotate on your photosTodd

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#2 posted 01-12-2013 11:25 PM

Boy, am I glad my name ain’t “billy”. I got to ask what kind of tournament is it? Nice looking clubs and room for more tools!

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 12:09 AM

Excellent :-) Love the work. Might love the shop more. I have to dodge the laundry and the furnace in my basement shop.

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 01:22 AM

Jim thanks for rotating them.

Bullhead you will be surprised to learn that they are for a speech and debate tournament. I used to run the tournament and one of the fun things we did was call it a “rumble” (actually the Redhawk Rumble because the school mascot was the Redhawk). So each year we did “rumble” themed awards. One year it was awards in the shape of brass knuckles made of walnut. First place was a roughly 8X10 walnut “brass” knuckle. One year I made battle axes out of cheap pine and engraved the heads and then spray painted them with a paint that made it look like hammered steel. Last year we gave away Thor’s hammers (mostly because they were easy to make). But one of the young women from a local university won one of me and took it home with her that night instead of taking to the team’s room on campus. In the night someone broke into her apartment. She jumped out of bed and looked for something to defend herself with (she was on the petite side) and there was Thor’s hammer. I can only imagine the reaction the intruder had when this angry coed came out of her bedroom swinging what would, in the middle of the night in a darkened environment, looked like a big hammer. She was able to chase him out of the apartment, block the door and call the police. She said if it hadn’t been for the award she would have been swing a stuffed animal. So I decided that every college student should have something to use for home defense and that would be fun to make. I made a prototype out of pine and a bit shorter than these. Not including the finish it took seven minutes. So 72 of them would be a good weekend in the shop. When I switched to hickory and lengthened it and put a paste wax finish on it they took 40 minutes each. That was several eight hour days in the shop but still a good time.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 02:28 AM

Good story Todd, I would love to know what that intruder thought when the hammer was coming at him and did he ever get caught?

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 03:10 AM

And to think I thought violence in schools was associated with tv, movies and video games! Ha ha! You are truely passionate about the the sport of speech and debate to donate that much time and effort towards it. It is refreshing to know that there is more than football and basketball being the only priority in our schools. Keep up the good work!

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#7 posted 01-13-2013 03:57 PM

i love the clubs and great story . Thanks for sharing.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 06:26 PM

Great story and wonderful looking clubs, as soon as I clean up that mess I call a shop, I might criticize your
housekeeping, but in the meantime, I will just turn slightly green with envy. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 01-13-2013 06:39 PM

Bull head said it good.
Nice looking billy clubs and a great story about the coed and her hammer!
As a retired SLP, I really appreciate your efforts and passion.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 01-14-2013 07:11 AM

Absolutely love the back story on this project, and I couldn’t agree more. Personally my warm and tingly safe feeling comes from the revolver I sleep with, however for nights I am not home due to work, the club in the picture is within arms reach of my better half’s side of the bed.

The club pictured is actually a CT State Police issue club, and was the first night-stick my father was issued. The hole just after the handle area used to have a leather strap that has long ago disappeared. (Keep in mind my father retired in ‘94 after 22 years on the force, and this was the first one he was issued.) It measures in at just over 26” long, and is made of a hardwood (not sure what it actually is).

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT -

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#11 posted 01-14-2013 06:17 PM

Love them clubs and great shop pics too

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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