My friend Wally

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Project by robscastle posted 11-12-2019 02:22 AM 1643 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nobody special, just a guy that lived up the road from me.
Live to age 99
Walked past here and chatted up to age 98
Talked about any topic kept me entertained for hours.
Mind sharper than any of my chisels I tell you!
The underneath of his home full of woodworking tools and timber
A real treasure trove for me when i needed something

I thought a fitting tribute was in order
I didn’t want the back falling off!
Hung it in the garage so he can keep a check on me
Pity I will not live to that age, not too many of his original friends at the funeral as a result.

Materials:- More of Grant’s timber bits, reported to be Bloodwood, I know the router complained a bit and the saw smoked!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 11-12-2019 02:28 AM

Sounds like a good friend, Rob. With a German name that got turned Polish, unlike mine which started Polish and got turned German.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 11-12-2019 02:31 AM

Very nice tribute, Rob. I should do the same for my buddy, Brian, who never lived that long but was a great resource for me.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-12-2019 02:39 AM

Brilliant, nice one Rob

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#4 posted 11-12-2019 02:47 AM

Dave:- He told me over a period of time a very facinating story of immigration from Germany to the Bonegilla migrant camp in 1949 to cane cutting in QLD where he met his wife bought the house he lived in all his life of which he kept it immaculate to this day, I replaced the TV antenna for him, fixed a few taps and odd jobs otherwise he did it all himself.

Whenever I told Aurora I was going up to see him she always said oh see you after lunch then!!

He had some thing like 50 clocks on his back veranda!
heaps of WWII memorbillia german helmets medals etc a truely amazing place.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 11-12-2019 03:12 AM

What a awesome tribute to a man who obviously touched your life…well done.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 11-12-2019 04:04 AM

FAIW, that’s why I hate to make friends and stay my obnoxious self… It’s time like these that I always get lost for words and in all respect to you, you have managed to put into “write”, that what I could never do. Always a loss of a friend (which I hope is not that often), or even a close acquaintance, is something that hits home more than we realise in our fleeting day to day trivial moments.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 11-12-2019 04:29 AM

A great way to show a true friendship. At least this way he will always be with you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 11-12-2019 04:38 AM

Nice tribute.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 11-12-2019 05:24 AM

Great tribute Rob.
Wally will be keeping an eye on you for sure.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 11-12-2019 06:21 AM

Very honourable Rob…sounds like a top bloke who’d have been a treat to have known.

Maybe another for the family would also be appreciated…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 11-12-2019 11:41 AM

good memories.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 11-12-2019 02:27 PM

great tribute Rob

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#13 posted 11-12-2019 02:38 PM

thats a beautiful way to keep him with you’s great to live that long and still be engaged with life but sad that if you live that long all your friends are least he had you as a part of his life,sounds like you two had something we all need more of.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 11-12-2019 02:53 PM

WALLY sounded like a true freind which is hard to come by these days :<))) he looks good for 99

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#15 posted 11-12-2019 06:37 PM

Everyone should have someone like that in their lives, nice tribute Rob.

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