|My dad's corner in the shop: his Billy the Kid poster, Southern Comfort sign, |
and the catcher's mitt he used when we played baseball when I was a kid.
The spokeshave had lived on a shelf in his computer room and was basically never used, so I put it to work. It turned out to be a capable, if slightly rough and ugly, tool. The front of the sole wore out and I put it on a shelf, waiting for a rainy day to fix it up.
Courtesy of the coronavirus, I've had more than a few rainy days lately, so I took some time to inlay some ebony (my tool patch of choice) into the front of the tool. I also waxed it down and sharpened the blade. It will now return to use, and I'll be reminded of my dad every time I see the WVD I crudely stamped into the tool's top (for William Van Dillinger).
|Still rough, still a little ugly, but priceless to me.|
|"What has brought you to this lowly state?"|
|The original owner / maker, S.G. Pool. This same name also appears|
on the front bun and on the heel of sole casting.
|After a little cleaning and some shellac.|