A Basic Necessity

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Each year I make Bearpaw, a long time friend and mentor, a gift for his shop, as has been our way since my return from Iraq in 2010. Noting that he lacked pencil holders in his shop last year I made a pencil / pencil sharpener / tape measure holder. This year noting he still had only one pencil holder in his shop I decided he needed another one. It is unique in that I used Mahogany from pieces of church pews he gave me after a refurb and some leftover maple he did not want to add to his large stockpile. Noting he likes satin finish I used this as well, and finally so he could point out to others when asked I left deliberate mistakes such as not planing one side of glued up boards to highlight the cupping that happens as well as leaving some glue seep out of a joint and leaving it be. He may or may not check but the cross is out of square by say 1/64th, also done deliberately for those who notice extreme details. In all as always I enjoyed the simple project, laughing as I left mistakes rather than do as I did last year and make a “perfect” project.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 01:50 AM

Funny to leave the mistakes in. Are they really mistakes if you meant them? ;)

What a great gift and a friend to make them. Good job!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 02:28 AM

Nice job Gunny!

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 02:42 AM

Thanks guys.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 03:03 AM

What he did not say and he never would; is he also takes care of my little truck and my daughters car. They say you can not buy friends, but since I use wood as a form of currency, I have bought a friend for life. I have given, to returning service men, his pens for their service. He is truly a perfectionist with his pens. We have gone to wood show together. We both seek and respect each others opinion.

We met at a Christian school and he has represented the Marine Corp in my churches Fourth of July program.

If I was told that I could only have one friend for the rest of my life then Mike is the one. Thank you for letting me be your friend.


Prov. 4:23

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 03:07 AM

That is really cool. BUT, there are no “Mistakes” just “Happy little accidents” as per Bob Ross. LOL I LOVE the thought and creativity that you put into this one. Great job buddy, Semper Fi

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 03:32 AM


-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 11:57 PM

Bearpaw as always the feeling is mutual.

hoss thanks man I try ya know?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 02-05-2014 03:52 PM

Good to have friends like each of you have.

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 04:03 PM

Looks perfect from here.


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#10 posted 02-05-2014 10:57 PM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Beautiful Work! Thanks For Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 02-07-2014 03:35 PM

That’s one slick pencil holder. Beautiful cross inlay and attractive wood colors. Great job and great thought for a friend.

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