|Forum topic by Elaine||posted 07-14-2009 03:01 PM||1208 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
07-14-2009 03:01 PM
I was somewhat apprehensive about laying the money down for a blackberry but chose it when I recently upgraded my cell phone service. I purchased the IWANNA, a local trade paper, on Thursday and observed a gentleman selling woodcarver’s bench and tools. Called on Friday and set up appointment with him on Sunday. He had said that he was a teacher at a college in Asheville that had closed down. He was selling his tools as his wife wanted room to park her car in the garage. Some of the tools were still new in the box, and he has over 90 knives with a couple of power carvers and the bits. He also said he could make the drive to Hickory in 40 minutes. He also mentions he has wood he’s willing to part with and mentions mahogany for carvings. All this for $250.00
Calling before leaving, I drive the 90 miles, taking me an hour and half, with Dad. I noticed in his garage some benches, a lathe, drill press, and a very large CNC router, about the length of my truck. He shows me briefly the power carvers saying that one alone would sell for $600 new. He is willing to part with the smaller one for $40 and the larger for $70 as it has the foot pedal. They are hanging on a cheap set up but not what I would call a woodcarver’s bench. Couple of 2×4’s and a small piece of plywood with no strong base. I keep asking about the other items he has mentioned. He takes me into the house and shows me a set up for enhancing pictures. Again I ask him about the tools. We go back to the garage where he shows me a hobby knife that has a few dozen blades. He would like to sell this to me for $15.00. I explained I was looking for the gouges, etc.
Well, the gentleman gives me a short lecture on how handcarving tools will cause carpal tunnel syndrome and it’s best to go to the power carver. He has “rheumatoid” and cant grab the carving tools anymore. I don’t say anything but I promise you, my hand tools have never inflamed my carpal tunnel which I developed using a sander and feeding lumber in a mill. I again ask him about the tools as they are not marked and he doesn’t want to sell the ones he has used for ten years. We go downstairs to another garage where he has carvings and wants me look at these. I explained again my father is in the truck and we need to get moving on the tools. He brings one, the cheaper one out and it is made in China.
I ask him to get the other and he makes a show of looking. I get on the Blackberry and look up the one he has laid down. He’s a little agitated that I’m looking on the Blackberry. He eventually finds the other that he will sell for $70.00. Now this is where the Blackberry pays off. Goggled Professional Woodcarver power carver and it’s on sell for $43.00. That would be the one he would like me to buy for $70. Oh and it’s free shipping…
I’m going to save the trip and buy his lumber. Well the lumber, he’s not willing to part with any of it. He says he can’t get mahogany and teak any more and has none.
Do I go home empty? Of course not, I still have money in my pocket. Dad and I grab a coffee at Starbucks, a few laughs and down the hill we go. All in all a pleasant day for a drive.