|Forum topic by NoLongerHere||posted 10-27-2014 01:25 PM||10663 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
10-27-2014 01:25 PM
I got a message today …. had to share!
I wrote a blog called: John Walcot … Where are you?
and got a reply today as follows:
My last comment:
It would be neat if somehow he found this message. Hopefully, someone lives nearby or knows him and can let him know. What if that is him? If he’s still with us, he’s 91 yrs old now.
I’m sure he would like to hear someone show a little respect and appreciation for his hard work. I know I would.
Don “Dances with Wood” Butler
Considering his age, it may be that he is not now living.
I think he may be living. I found a phone number, but perhaps he’s not in Benbrook anymore. Go to:
” Wow!!.... I was thrilled too see this!! John Walcott was my Dad.
He made these for his tool collector friends and donated several to Midwest Tool Collectors for their yearly auction.
Dad loved tools and appreciated everything about them as a user and collector. A self taught man with only a 9th grade formal education. He worked as an electronics engineer for a major company, and was a field engineer troubleshooter in the radar field…think U2, F16, X-15.
After retiring after 32 years, he decided he’d like to work with wood, so read everything he could find and decided since the “old guys” made beautiful furniture before the advent of all the fancy electric tools, he’d get a “few” planes and tools to see what it was all about.
Major fail….he had a collection of over 150 planes and multitude of other tools when he was forced to give up his passion due to macular degeneration.
I’m thrilled that I could answer a little of the mystery concerning this gauge. It is a remarkable piece, made by a remarkable man…..I so wish I could share this with him.
I know he’d be thrilled it found a good home!
... to answer your some of your questions….
I think he left this world feeling he’d accomplished something …. he made me learn something!! ;)”
How cool is this? What a great ending to a fun story!
Thank you, Johnsgirl. I’m sure he was very proud of you.