Going Galoot #7: Unexpected Essentials

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Blog entry by JayT posted 02-09-2015 09:47 PM 1899 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“You are not in this world alone”.

How many times did I hear that phrase from my high school band teacher? It was one of her two go to sayings for almost any situation. ( “Don’t make this hard” was the other) Years later, more than I care to think about, it was strange to look down at my bench and hear her gravelly voice as I was working on dovetails.

Pondering what all lay there:

  • Dovetail saw came from Wally331 during last year’s saw swap.
  • Brass hammer came with a plane from Hammerthumb during 2013’s plane swap—it’s a plane hammer that works awesome for chisels, too.
  • Strop on the back of the bench was made by BigRedKnothead.
  • Marking gauge was a prototype for the marking gauge swap. Similar ones were sent to fellow LJ’s shampeon and Wally331. I use one sent to me by Don Broussard with regularity, though mainly for larger projects.
  • Marking knife was made by David Barron. I purchased it from him, but still handmade, not mass produced. I also probably would not have purchased from him had he not been such a gentleman and help when doing the marking gauge swap. (The marking gauge is based off his design)

Without other woodworkers, not only would I not have inspiration, I wouldn’t have very many tools! The only commercial tools are the chisels and a Starrett square. Even that was purchased from Patrick Leach, yet another person that contributes heavily to woodworking tools and knowledge.

Every time I’m in the shop, there are reminders of other people that share this great hobby. Maybe going galoot is less about the tools themselves than it is about being able to have a connection with the people involved with the tools.

Turns out a band teacher’s advice still rings true—I’m not in this woodworking world alone.

Thank goodness!

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 11:06 PM

Uh huh. Right on the Mark JT. I also have tools from fellow LJ’ers, neighbors, family and the ever present St. Patrick.To your list I would add the written word, Schwartz, St. Roy, Garret Hack, Tage Fried and so on. Paying it forward is what makes our craft continue to thrive.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 05:55 PM

Excellent post, JayT

It makes one appreciate how much of a role technology has played in increasing the interest in hand tool woodworking. We are enabled to freely and quickly access the vast amount of knowledge concerning the craft. By being in touch with other woodworkers, we can constantly be learning about the tools and techniques that we would have otherwise never encountered or would have been learned the hard way on our own. I would bet there is not a single facet of handtool woodworking that one could not find covered in a Youtube video. We can ask questions, learn techniques, compare notes, research tools, and in your example, swap and obtain tools for our kits from others who share our passion. And we make a lot of friends along the way.
These are all luxuries that our hand tool ancestors did not have. Many of them had to serve long apprenticeships to learn the very things that we can now research at the click of a mouse. They didn’t have published plans, tutorial DVDs, or clear color photographs of build in progress techniques.
They had to either figure things out on their own, or learn first-hand from those who had figured things out before them.

This is why I appreciate LJs so much. Again thanks for this thought provoking post.

-- Ed

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#3 posted 02-19-2015 01:24 PM

the world is getting smaller.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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