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post #1 of 3 Old 09-25-2010, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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been awoodworker since 1966 went to work for colonial willaimsburg when i was thirteen washing dishs and spilting out shingles by the powder magazine my dad worked for them just three then went in to the out came home to the mts of nc been here ever since.started making tools for myself and then started selling them to woodcraft and other catalogs.have made around six hunderd chairs but quit when there got too many chairmakers around.hard to follow me into tool making im a pretty good blacksmith i have a degree in tool and die and my journy mans card have been in bizness for myself since 1986 worked at chairmaking partime before that.i am legally blind have been for about twenty years but i dont let that stop me from doing stuff. im developing some new tools mostly from the book the art of fine tools by sandor. ive recreated the goosewing broad hatchet on page two i just sent a sample to a certain canadien company they like it so maybe you all will be seeing it next yr. i want to get out of the production work tho my eyes wont take it any more if you know someone who mite be interested let me know. ive started onthe double calipers on page 21. then im tyhinking plane kits but like the ones in the book. not the ones like st james bay but the kind of quirky ones in the book.i build investment cast molds and have the parts cast at a foundry.i used to do some casting but the eye thing gets in the way.if you hae any ideas im always open to talking your friend truckwilkins
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-25-2010, 01:18 PM
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Welcome to the forum Truck, glad to have someone with blacksmith and metal-working knowledge with us. I worked in a foundry back in the 70's for a short period of time. To this day I still remember the smell and the foundry dust. It's something that sticks with you.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-28-2010, 12:38 PM
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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

Tools are like guns, You can never have enough.
Where did I put that tape measure???
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