I remember when I first stumbled up
onto the porch wobbling on my shaky knees and blinking at the
sights. There can't be a dozen of us left from that time, maybe
a few more who read but we don't get to hear from much.
I remember about 3/4 of the
conversation then was over the fine points of this collectible
or that one. Plenty of heated reparte' over anyone who ever
dared to touch an old tool and what they ought to do to same if
they did. Lots of guys expecting a Galoot to live with a
defective tool forever if they had one, because original
condition was the only thing that would ever count. Meanwhile
the same voices all wanted to talk about the mint model they
owned, and had paid top dollar for, but you better not ever try
to improve yours.
But at the same time, Pete Taran
had just begun making/selling the It. An excitement
undercurrent had already begun to grow. An undertow so strong I
could feel it right off. It wasn't long before Paddy was issuing
the second run of embroidered hats. I've still got a stealth
cap, unworn in all this time. Noplace to wear it to where anyone
would know what it was. In time, the MOA went to making , which
was it guys?
The detachable block plane handle
or the lovely bevel gauge?? Anyway Patrick got involved. The
first time I ever worked up my nerve to post. Must have been on
the second day, I never was one to hold back. What do you
suppose I did? I sent an attached file! There wasn't anything
set up to automatically catch an attachment and I didn't know
Naturally, it was a homemade tool.
It was pretty innocent, but it was a homebrewed tool. I didn't
hear much otherwise, but I'd imagine it raised some eyebrows in
certain circles. Here it is....
Well, a lot of water has passed
under the bridge now. In this time the making and repair,
rebuild of tools has occupied the majority of my old tool hobby
time. There have been a lot of projects. I like to plow new
ground mostly. You all know what a poor attention span I have,
there aren't many repeats.
It was always just pix posted here
and there and many of the stories posted here on the porch.
Thanks to Jim I got to show some on GIC and always will. But
noplace to keep them alltogether with the tales. I had been more
interested in tools than computers you see and webpage building
had been out of my comfort zone, to say the least.
Now, finally, thanks to the
kindness of Wiktor Kuc and the ever patient Kitty at my side,
I've finally made a start at getting some pages up and revamping
old ones. There are still old pages up and lord knows many of
the pictures need desperately to be reshot (all the oldest ones
were shot with my first digital camera which looked and
performed like it should have come free in a Cracker Jack box).
So, stop by and have a look, won't
you? Long way to go yet, but man my head hurts!!!
Scott Grandstaff and My Tools