|Project by 806jlb||posted 02-18-2013 06:02 PM||1609 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
So, my grandfather passed away when my dad was 14, leaving behind 5 children. Dad was the oldest, with the youngest being 2. The family had tremendous support of my great grandparents, and they were loved by all. They owned a general contracting company. My dad worked nights and weekends with my great grandfather until he was drafted and sent to Vietnam. While my dad was gone, great grandpa retired and sold off the company. The workshop and all the tools were kept, and over the years, we spent a lot of time making and fixing just about everything. Over the next 30 years, my great parents passed, I graduated college and got a masters degree, got married and had two kids, and dad retired. Dad had given me lots of great grandpas tools over the years, and most of them sat around in my workshop. One day, I was pulling out a nail, and the handle snapped off. I put the hammer handle handle aside, and it sat there for several years. One day, I got a PSI catalogue and saw some cool handmade pens made on a lathe. I always wanted a lathe and now had an excuse to buy one. I decided that I would use the broken handle from great grandpas hammer to make some pens for dad and my aunts. The pens turned out great and everyone loved them! Since that time, I’ve made several other pens using some of great grandpas stuff: an oak ladder rung, mahogany trim from an old couch, and 2” black walnut found in the attic. In addition to pens, I’ve made letter openers, pizza cutters, bottle openers, and knife scales. I’ve included a couple before and after pictures.