A Dad’s Woodworking Tools Inspire a Writer
I like to comb the internet for interesting woodworking stories and this week I stumbled across a great one. This article isn’t just great because of its subject matter, but because the thoughtfulness of it can really ring home for people at this time of the year – reflecting back on a lost loved one during the holidays.
John Merritt of The Milford Daily News posted this article online in June, but it really means more now with Christmas right around the corner. It is titled “My Father’s Tools”. In it a son walks into his father’s workshop after he has died and takes note of what he sees. He does a great job describing all of the tools in the shop, so fine a job that I can actually picture every inch of the shop in my mind. I can visualize the drill on the workbench, the band saw, table saw, drill press, planer, jointer and router surrounded by wood shavings on the floor.
At the end of the story Mr. Merritt talks about how he regrets not spending more time with his Dad in his shop but vows to give it a shot on his own now, so his Dad would be proud of him trying. So do you need a tissue yet? Seriously, woodworking can be a very emotional craft or hobby. It is often romanticized in the media now in the age of automation and big production plants in foreign countries. Making something by hand just strikes a tone. My questions to you today are:
- Did someone share the craft with you? Was it passed down to you from a previous generation?
- Did someone pass their woodworking tools down to you? If so, what is your most cherished one?
- Have you shared your craft with someone else of a younger generation? If not, are you going to make an effort to do so?
Woodworking is viewed by many as a dying craft. As you know, schools are in financial trouble and they need to save money. Unfortunately one of the first programs that they turn to is “shop”, it often gets the axe and consequently less future woodworkers are being created. It could be up to you to make this craft thrive going forward. We at Eagle America are proud to supply woodworking tools to schools and woodworking clubs across the country. We know their efforts are vital to the health of woodworking in the future. Please, make a resolution to “pay it forward” and share the art of woodworking with someone younger than you in 2011.