|Forum topic by Ripthorn||posted 08-26-2011 03:22 AM||844 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
08-26-2011 03:22 AM
After months and months of watching other people post their tool gloats, I finally have one. We took a trip back to the mother land (WA state, we live in NY right now) to see family for a reunion, etc. It also happened to coincide with when my birthday was, so fortune was smiling on me. For the b-day I got a set of 4 Narex chisels and an Iwasaki rasp from Lee Valley, which I have yet to put through their paces (just returned from vacation yesterday).
However, the cool part comes from being back at home. My dad owned his own business before retiring and one customer he had wasn’t able to pay his bill, so my dad accepted a trade for a bunch of carving tools and chisels along with stones. When he took the trade, I was only 12 or so and didn’t know anything about tool brands. Well, my dad told me he would let me have a couple of his duplicates when I got there, so I went out there and to my astonishment, the tools consisted of Two Cherries gouges, Norton stones, AMT and woodcraft carving tools, and several others whose brands I wasn’t able to identify. As we looked through them, he ended up just rolling up a whole set saying “Why don’t you just take these?”. This amounted to probably 15 pieces, mostly AMT. These are all older, very well made tools. Some skews, some gouges, some crank-neck, some random, and one 1/4” bench chisel along with some kind of funky tool that I am unfamiliar with. This is where the questions come in, I will be posting some pictures after I take a couple to ask for some identification help.
Now comes the random reminiscence: I never realized just how spoiled I was growing up in my dad’s shop. He started me woodworking when i was about 8, and I just took everything for granted. However, while back there, I realized that I was using things like Incra fences, a Starret combo square, CMT router bits, Forrest saw blades, Two Cherries chisels, etc. to work on woods like paduak and koa without even knowing how expensive all the stuff was. The best part is that my dad never acted grudging or overly sensitive about the tools. He expected me to treat them well, but he was also extremely generous with them. Had he acted the way I might be inclined to act right now (not having the luxury of such tools being out of school only 2 years), I may have very well been turned off to woodworking, or at least not enjoy it as much as I do now.
One final thing: I know this is the hand tools forum, but in keeping with the gloat, my father-in-law used to do a lot of woodworking, but got out of it 12 or so years ago. I bought his table saw, jointer, planer, and drill press a while ago. But while out there this time, I noticed his Makita electric sharpener. I asked him about it and he said that he hadn’t so much as turned it on in 8 years or so, and told me I should box it up and take it with me. I will be paying him for it, but getting the family discount.
Anyway, just thought I would share. I will post pictures soon to try and get some help as to what a couple of these tools are or what they are good for.
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