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#1 posted 03-10-2013 02:58 AM

Thanks guys! Scotsman: if you look you can see the strap from the dustmask across the back of the ball cap. He ran a custom woodworking business for 60 years. His niche was turnings but he would often take the projects that others said couldn’t be done. I still have the jointer blades for putting the grooves in the original Rapala wood fillet boards and a couple of the 5,000,000 Mehaffy bobbers. There are still lures used by fishermen out there that required a 3/32” hole drilled from end to end of a 16” plug. If you get to Caesars palace in Ohio the 16’ and 8’ rings around the bar were made by him. Two years ago walking the beach in Florida i came across a spear fishing handle that was one of 100,000 sent to the bahamas over a span of 25 years. Two sets of Cross and Crosure were made for processionals in the US when the Pope visits. One for the east coast and one for the west coast. There is still plenty to remind me. He was grinding brad point bits for drilling wood in the forties. Explaining the use of segmented cutters to profile grinders for rosettes. made the first prototypes for plastic covered bowling pins. Patented the behive bracket for waterbeds. yeah He’ll be around a long time yet. I did pay attention, but I just couldn’t possibly keep up with his innovation. He had a supernatural talent when it came to understanding wood. Everyone knew him as DOC. Whenit came to woodcraft he was THE wood doctor.

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