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today, while working, i met a customer who had a shop. i complimented hime on the looks of his shop. he said let me show you the inside. he then showed me his shop. the tools were mostly older, a lot of sears craftsman and a lot of cheaper tools. there were no high end tools. he told me he liked to make kaleidoscopes. i thought to myself, its great to meet someone like me , but with not as even nice tools as i have and mine are meager, that likes woodworking. then he asked if i wanted to see some of his kaleidoscopes and i said yes. i was amazed! they were gorgeous! what an artist and craftsman! he tried to play down his craftsmanship and said he just loved being in his little shop. his tools werent nearly the most up to date, but what he could do with his tools was magnificient! i was in awe!

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I was installing a slider on a home a few yrs ago. Not sure what wife did, but husband was a pilot for commercial Co. like Delta or AA.

The owners had the Lumb yd. store the slider parts in the under house garage. When I went for the parts the door into the basement and hubbies workshop was open. I couldn't see anything and thought nothing of it.

Couple days later when I was finishing up hubby was in kitchen near the slider eyeballing something up close. He made 1 to 1 scales of birds in wilderness settings.

I think he mostly used a dremel, files and a magnifying lenses. I swear the birds looked alive. His shop was full of them. Said it was his calm down therapy from flying. I told him he should sell them, he wouldn't hear of it.
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his tools werent nearly the most up to date, but what he could do with his tools was magnificient! i was in awe!

In other words it's the craftsman not the tools that matter.

No, that wasn't meant as a pun.

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no pun intended, i just respected what he could do with the meager tools he had. i have a few tools that are newer and larger, but i dont think what i could do could compare to him. if it is a pun to say that nice pieces can be done without the fanciest tools then yes, it may be a pun.

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HI levon

I had some work done in my machine shop, and I called a old carpenter and ask him if had the time to do the job, and he said,, you bet,, he was about 80 years young,, he came over and walk in and said lets do it..and I said do you want a hand to get your tools out of your car and said no I have all I need right here,, he had a old worm gear hand power saw in one hand and a bag of tools in the other...he built a front cabinet for the front of the store in about 4 hours and all he use was that Old power saw..

When he said OK, it's done where's my money LOL LOL, great old fart , I was amazed what he had done,,in 4 hours...I gave him is 450.oo bucks and he said lets go get a beer down at the PT's place (strip joint) down the street .. I said I will need to pass this time but maybe next time..

It took me 4 hours to look over his work,, great job,,, and all done with a power hand saw..

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today, while working, i met a customer who had a shop. i complimented hime on the looks of his shop. he said let me show you the inside. he then showed me his shop. the tools were mostly older, a lot of sears craftsman and a lot of cheaper tools. there were no high end tools. he told me he liked to make kaleidoscopes. i thought to myself, its great to meet someone like me , but with not as even nice tools as i have and mine are meager, that likes woodworking. then he asked if i wanted to see some of his kaleidoscopes and i said yes. i was amazed! they were gorgeous! what an artist and craftsman! he tried to play down his craftsmanship and said he just loved being in his little shop. his tools werent nearly the most up to date, but what he could do with his tools was magnificient! i was in awe!



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bobj, its amazing what some people can do with basic tools! it may have been worth it to have the beer with him to see how he graded the talent at the club, lol.

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Hi levon

Very true but I have been down to the club with him b/4 , and he always gets a tons of ones,,, he can drink me under the table anytime and he loves the girls and likes to put the ones in place...the last I was down with him he dropped 200.oo bucks in ones...and a keg of beer... great old fart...

He's is now gone and he will be missed


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hey bobj,

why cant i get customers that want to take me to the "gentlemens entertainment boulevard" here , lol. sounds like a great old guy. sounds like the type of guy that had hands that were well weathered but very skilful.

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