A Day With My Dad

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Blog entry by Bill Akins posted 03-12-2010 06:14 PM 1756 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last Wednesday my Dad drove the 5 hour round trip and spent the day with me in my shop. He is the one that convinced me to using some old scraps to make myself a little workbench 3-4 years ago which led to my hobby of wood working. He saw a guy at a craft show a few years ago turning bowls. I helped him get set up for it and now we both turn bowls. He watched me make several bowl blanks on my bandsaw and then I turned a cherry bowl. We then worked together on a dogwood bowl for a freind of his. He loved my new lathe. It was a very good day. This will be one of my fondest memories. (picture of my Dad below)

Also, he brought me an old jointer which I was able to glue up my shaker table top. Bonus!

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 06:19 PM

Great story. That will be something that you both will cherrish for a lifetime.

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 06:51 PM

Very nice and touching Bill. I’m in the process of building a wood working shop (story and photos to come) to house my dad’s tools. Dad died Nov 10th 2008. Last summer (2009) I brought his Radial Arm, Table, Band Saw, and drill press from NY to Florida. I often think how sad it is that he did not get to see my interest grow. My profile tells a story about this.

-- Harold

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 07:02 PM


Lucky guy(s).

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 07:06 PM

It’s nice for fathers and sons to have common interests and actually do things together like you and your father. I get along great with both my sons, but unfortunately they aren’t interested in woodworking, so I’m brainwashing my two grandsons instead.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 07:10 PM

‘A Day With My Dad’. I love stories like this.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 08:28 PM

I could live to be a thousand and never get tired of stories such as this. Thank you for sharing. I am glad you two had such a powerful moment together.

And I hear you on the lack of interest from the sons Mike. I take the boys outside and have them with me when I do work around the yard. “You know why I am showing you this right?” I would ask them. “When you are older and on your own, guess who will be doing this stuff in your yard?” “Ummm, You?” they both replied :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 11:50 PM

How cool is that?

I can remember my dad working in his basement shop. He’d keep me occupied buy giving me a piece of scrap wood and a coping saw or tack hammer. I go to town on those pieces and make a mess.

Dad passed away when I was 5 yrs old, but I inherited his passion for woodworking. I wish he were here to share it with me now.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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#8 posted 06-06-2010 02:26 PM

Great story Bill glad you could share that with your Dad.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#9 posted 06-06-2010 05:40 PM

It’s great you have time together enjoy these times together fathers are not forever.


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