I agree with one comment after the story, the grandson couldn't have visited much to be aware of his "secret" hobby, that was all over the house. The grandson should have spent more time with his grandfather...he may have learned more then how to use his thumbs to type a message!
Grampa may have been one of those people who loves to do what he did but hates the idea of attention garnered from it. My wife is that way. She hand crochets large blankets, scarves, wall hangings (one large early american flag among other things) and anything else she can think to make but she doesn't tell people about it unless they just happen to visit and notice them. Sometimes she'll make one as a gift for someone she knows but even then she keeps it on the down low.
There's absolutely no way he did that without having a full functioning wood shop like most of us do, and that means the family knew of it. Turning those wheels would require at least a lathe, and I saw some very small, odd angled miter cuts on an exhaust pipe from an engine there also, so there's a miter saw somewhere in the shop too. Too big to hide. They knew. Whoever wrote the article was just dropping a drama bomb for effect.
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