Things my Dad made

Making the parallel clamps was a typical exercise in metal-shop tool-making expertise, with the knurling and the name-stamps.


And also the 3-piece walnut and flame-mahogany veneer dining room set, a demonstration of wood-shop expertise – with the accompanying table and chairs. He and his old shop-buddy from school re-covered the chairs about five years ago.

I miss Dad and Mom.

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13 thoughts on “Things my Dad made

  1. Love that wood grain. A pre-64 Winchester M70 stocked in something like that would just be the bee’s knees for me.

    My own father was not nearly as talented. He did not have the patience and perseverance for that kind of detail. However, while I was still in diapers, he found a used wooden dinning room table with four chairs and refinished them. The table has five expansion leaves, so it can seat a hearty crowd. I grew up at that table, as did my kids, and I still sit at that table every day. Shortly, some of those expansion leaves will be deployed yet again.

  2. stunningly beautiful work.

    As the Principal of a technical school training orphan boys in shop-work,

    there are a few people whose lives are so remarkable humanity would benefit significantly if they got to live forever. who he was will live on in the many whom he touched in beautiful and poignant ways.

  3. Beautiful work your dad did, Keith. I think I understand better now where you got some of your skills and aesthetic values.

    • He was never a boastful man, ever, but he took pride in precision and making things just right. As the Principal of a technical school training orphan boys in shop-work, there was pride in the students’ growing skills and accomplishments too.

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