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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 01-15-2015 06:54 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2015 06:54 PM

I believe that there are others here that will understand how I am feeling.

My dad is still with us at 97. His life has been unlike that of anyone else that I know. I believe that his experiences in the Air Force flying bombing missions over Europe during WWII shaped the rest of his life in many ways. Surviving all those days when there was a real possibility of never returning gave him incredible calmness and levelheadedness even when the rest of us were panicking over our latest “crisis”.

This great man is showing signs that his long run is nearly over. A few weeks ago, I picked up two small boxes of his tools that were in storage. They are the general-purpose kinds of things that many people have in their basement.

I remember both of us using these tools so many, many times. I see the pieces that he cleverly re-purposed – the hex wrench ground to be an offset screwdriver, the magnet attached to a handle (with his initials carved in it) to recover pieces dropped into the TVs and radios that he used to repair.

My youngest son is turning 11 in a few days. His mechanical ability is well beyond anything that I ever had at that age. I decided to pass most of these tools on to my son. Today, I went through the boxes and picked out the pieces that I will give to my son. I did not expect this task to bring me to tears, but it did. At the same time, I smile with joy knowing that my son will use and care for these tools.

And up on the hill, there’s an old sheep that’s dying
But it had two new lambs born just a fortnight before

- Ian Anderson

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#1 posted 01-15-2015 07:04 PM

A friend of mine once said he looked forward to being the family patriarch and enjoyed it. I have always wondered why?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-15-2015 07:23 PM

I to think of that often (being the patriarch ) I,m 74 and still going strong but looking at my children and grand children ,and even some of the Great grand kids and trying to see who I can pass on my wood working ,not only tools but impart some of the knowledge to .God knows who it or even they will be . If you know of some one with the talents art use of their hands be sure to encourage them ,every chance you get

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 09:11 PM

My father passed and my older brother got most of his tools but there is one that I got that I cherish.
It’s not much of a tool but it’s my favorite and I use it often. Everytime I use it, it reminds me of him and helps keep him up front in my memory bank. Just love this little hammer! (sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference)

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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#4 posted 01-15-2015 10:03 PM

Well said Chuck. Makes me think of my grandpa. He’s been gone for 10 years and would be over 100 today. He was a POW in Germany during WW2. I was always thought the same as you. Experiences like that out things in perspective. When he retired he took it easy for the rest of his life and I felt he served that. He was no woodworker, but an auto body man who did some woodworking when needed. I have several hand planes that were his and I’m honored to have them. I may not use them much, but to have them on the shelf means a lot.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 01-15-2015 10:06 PM


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#6 posted 01-15-2015 11:57 PM

I only have a few of these treasures from my grandfather and father in law but they have occupied a prominent place in every shop I’ve had.
This is a good subject, thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 01-16-2015 02:09 AM

I have sveral tools from my grandad and dad and I treasure them. Makes me think of them every time I use them. I’m sad that I have no son to leave them to and they will probably be forgotten when I am gone :(

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#8 posted 01-17-2015 01:39 PM

A nice, touching story. Earlier last year I gave my son the first compressor that I purchased when I was young. He was super happy to have it, and I am confident, he will take care of it. It is always a special during that moment in time.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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