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Blog entry by tat2grl posted 12-30-2007 06:18 AM 877 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this adventure in woodworking because of my Dad. As a kid I remember him coming home from work, smelling of paint, thinner, taping mud, sawdust and sweat. Pop was a master painter and a wizard at mixing stain. I didn’t know this at the time, but as I look back on all that he did I am amazed at his work. His staining technique was flawless, never a drip or run to be found and the color was always even. He passed in August of 1999. I bought my first home in Dec. of 2003. The house is your typical starter home, very bland and cookie cutter. I set about doing the only thing I could afford…painting the walls. I decided to do geometric design in one of the rooms, so I gathered my paint, brushes, tape, and straight edge. It was near summer and saving as much as I could I had the A.C. off and all the windows thrown wide open. After about 2 hours I decided to take a break. Sitting down on the canvas tarp I was using to cover the floor I noticed a strange but familiar odor. After a few moments I realized that I was smelling my Dad, the way he did when he would come home from work. I smiled and looked up saying, “Hiya Pop. Glad you could drop by. Any suggestions?” Since then I’ve developed a fascination with wood, one that I think Pop had but just never had the time to do anything with it. Mom gave me some of his tools, and as soon as I find our digital camera I’ll post them. One is a planner, I think. Mom has more of his tools, all of which are hand tools, and as soon as I get the chance to go back home I’m loading up the car and bringing them back and putting them to good use. I think Pop would get a kick out of it.

-- "Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God."

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#1 posted 12-30-2007 06:35 AM

It sounds like we are bearing witness to the start of a great journey. Thanks for sharing and you came to the right place, there is a great collective talent here.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 12-30-2007 06:41 AM

Great story Michele – let the journey begin. I hope you get to put all of his old hand tools to good use. If you need to restore any of them, or just figure out how to use them – there is a wealth of knowledge and it’s all free for the asking here.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 12-30-2007 06:43 AM

Glad you are trying to grasp your fathers memory and to bring it into life within your life.

Congratulations on the transformation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 12-30-2007 07:06 AM

What an awesome beginning. Hope you can share some of your projects with all of us.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#5 posted 12-30-2007 12:54 PM

What an inspiring post. Enjoy your journey. I still miss my dad, and he left in 1986.

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#6 posted 12-30-2007 01:09 PM

beautiful story. he would be/must be proud!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 12-30-2007 03:01 PM

I believe we are watching as a craftsman is born. Inspiration is a subtle thing. We must be in tune to feel it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 12-30-2007 03:14 PM

...and creative genius is born.

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#9 posted 12-30-2007 03:14 PM

What a great story! I’m sure you will do your Father’s memory proud.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 12-30-2007 07:50 PM

Totally Motivating. Onward and upward.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#11 posted 12-30-2007 10:49 PM

Very cool. Recognizing the “Dad’s smell” had to be quite an experience. Great story and a Great Memorial.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#12 posted 12-31-2007 04:08 AM

Take that inspiration and run with it! I’ve been visited by relatives who have passed, and I frequently get the scent of my grandfather’s after shave when I’m in the shop.

-- Living on the square...

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#13 posted 12-31-2007 06:51 AM

I just visited my family this Christmas…I spent a lot of time with my dad…he is not doing so well…he not all there so at times while we sat together long hours watching the ball game together I was already missing him…the conversation…the dialog that we used to share together about politics, the world…chess…sports…every now and then I would get a flash of him through a few sentences linked together…I hope that working with your dad’s tools brings you great joy and inspiration…

my dad had no tools…i think i will remember him each time i sit down to watch a ball game…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 12-31-2007 09:04 PM

Anything I can do to remember my folks, I do as often as I can. To this day the only hammer I use is the one I got from my Dad. It’s an Estwing, that helps. But honestly, I would use it regardless.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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