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Hey David ... what a cool creation & story, do you have a larger copy of the image ?
I love your care and attention to the craft and the tools. Sounds very mindful and fulfilling.Yes,
My wife and I worked different shifts as police officers. When she was working days I used to take my things down to the river where I could work surrounded by natures beauty. I had a canvas roll of chisels and knives, and I used a 200 year old rolled leather mallet to strike some of the chisels with. Some of my chisels were used in a paring mode held between thumb and forefinger. This was for extremely fine detail work. Some of these chisels were only millimeters wide. Others were 1 1/2 inches wide. Most of the larger ones were 100 to 200 years old. I some times attracted the interest of children, and with their parents permission, would guide them in lightly using the mallet to strike a chisel on a piece of scrap wood which I carried just for this purpose. The kids were fascinated.
Though I have done many kinds of woodwork in my life..I would have to count these hours as the most enjoyable and memorable.
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