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Posted on What makes something an heirloom?

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#1 posted 03-15-2018 12:08 AM

I think heirloom is in the eye of the beholder. For instance, my father gave me the china cabinet that was in his parent’s dining room. They bought it, handed it down to him, and he handed it down to me.

He also gave me an old beat up hand saw from his basement. His father had given it to him, and it was pretty much rusted into uselessness. After cleaning it up, I found the initials of my great-grandfather carved into the handle, with my grandfather’s initials stamped over them. I cleaned it up a bit, and both myself and my daughter used that saw to build our kayaks, making five generations that had used that saw to build things. It’s beat up and beyond usable now, as we literally wore a hole through the saw blade, but that saw means more to me than any piece of furniture, and holds a special place in my workshop.

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