|Project by Randall Sly||posted 06-01-2013 01:10 AM||779 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This is the longest thing I’ve ever turned and he gave me enough purple heart and accessories to turn a 1/2 dozen. I’ve also never turned a bottle stopper and in Don’s words “your going to now!” he gave me four kits. He wants to see my work and I hope I can make him proud. Who is he? Who is Don?
So it all started a few weeks ago, on Craigslist of all places. I saw an add for a work bench with grinder and bench vice. Turns out an older local man who had been making canes for some time to occupy his time was giving up the craft. He had already made arrangements for most of his power tools and I sent a kindly message letting him know I admire the cane making craft and all the reasons people make them. I went on to let him know that he did not have to give up the hobby entirely, and that if he wanted an active woodworker to talk to or share his tips with I was available.
A week later I get a message that he would like to meet and that he had some things he would like to give to me.
We played phone/email tag for a few days and another week passed and we finally met, I was looking for something of a mentor or teacher I believe I found much more.
1: My Finished project, Purple heart cane with imported fritz style hand carved antler handle
2: Finished project (and yes I wear this hat often)
3: Roughed blank 1” tapered to 5/8”
4: Final glue up still 1” to roughly 1/2” (I love the ratchet strap)
5&6: Just a few of the gifts from my new friend with a love for Purple Heart.
There is a sense of community among us, we wood workers, and sometimes all it takes is a little reminder to say thank you! This man served our country and out of the goodness of his heart gifted me what you see above for respecting and appreciating that.
-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.