I went to a barn sale on Saturday morning. When I pulled up
to the barn I noticed a faded sign that said Jim Blanchard
Patternmaker on the side.
There were also realtor signs out near the road. So I thought
this could be good.
I went in and saw lots of tools but they were mostly
mechanics tools. So I went over to this older fellow who was
putting wood in the stove. I asked him if he had any planes. He
said I have 1 through 9 over there in a box.
I had problems processing this information. I would have had
the same reaction if he had said I have gold bars for a dollar
apiece. When I regained my wits I asked where is this box.
started walking toward the corner of the shop. Then he stopped
and picked up a catalog off the workbench. He opened it and
pointed to pictures of collectable die cast trucks and he said
see I have 1 through 9 of these trucks.
I explained that I was looking for woodworking planes and I
made a motion like I was planning. He said oh I misunderstood. I
only have one with a missing iron. It turned out to be a Sargent
#3 size that was very rusty but the wood was good.
I bought it for $5.
Spring when a middle aged men's hearts turn toward yard sales