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#1 posted 05-18-2006 03:37 PM

Mark . . .

Awwww shucks . . . :-)

Shop classes, next to gym, were ALWAYS my favorite even when the teacher was lacking in the instructional arts or basic woodworking skills. In 7th grade shop my teacher was a blithering idiot, and lucky for him and all of us, we used only hand tools. I took a wood shop class in summer school from a brilliant teacher who understood both shop arts AND a kid’s need to create. He was also a talented craftsman. I don’t remember his name, but I remember him patiently showing me time after time, how to, and the importance of, squaring stock with a block plane, an end vise, and a try square.

After being discharged from the service in my my early twenties, a very, very, long time ago, I was given a fairly complete set of antique hand tools from which I fashioned an endless supply of three-legged milking stools, step stools, and other simple, but useful wooden devices. I do not have them anymore. I lost them in a divorce! She actually made it an issuein the settlement that she got my tools . Oh well . . . that was then and this is now.

Enjoy your day!

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-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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