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Keeping Up the Good Work

What does a man make after spending four years making the most famous spec house in America? Well, that would be seventeen swords for his grandchildren, right? Stay tuned.

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  • Excalibur May 5, 2022, 9:42 AM

    Swords are a construct of the white male capitalist pig patriarchy and will be melted down to make modern art Disney groomer masterpieces in the interest of egalitarian unity.

    Houses are a construct of the same white male capitalist pig patriarchy as all property is theft.

    No country for deplorable kulak untermenschen scum and their pale faces.

  • gwbnyc May 5, 2022, 12:34 PM

    I’ll tolerate a liar but I absolutely will not abide an achiever.

  • ghostsniper May 5, 2022, 2:18 PM

    I’ll find this interesting and will be watching. Blacksmithing is something I’ve always been interested in and I even dabbled in it long, long ago. Plunging the raw material into the forge, beating the hell out of it with hammers, grinding it into shape, and sanding it to perfection. My neighbor and shooting partner owns a steel erection and fabrication company and he sold the place last year for a whole lot of money and he will retire from there next year. He is planning the next phase of his life and the “old skool” way is his pattern in all things going forward. Woodworking, ironworking, farming, animal husbandry, etc. It’s good to have tribe and the closer to the root the better.

    • gwbnyc May 5, 2022, 4:42 PM

      done a modicum of practical applied work, some wrought iron.

  • azlibertarian May 5, 2022, 4:06 PM

    Ever since our host introduced me (us) to Scott, I’ve felt an internet kinship with him. He and I are about the same age….me a bit older than him.

    Anyway, I just retired a couple’o days ago. People ask “What’re you going to do with all your time?”, and for the long term, I really don’t know. One thing on my short-term horizon is to build some toolboxes for my grandkids. #2daughter has two sons who are named (their middle names) after my father and wifeofazlib’s father, and I’ve got some tools from each of them that I intend to pass onto them. The youngest grandson will get an Estwing hatchet that needs some repair to the stacked leather handle (and I’ll have to learn how to do that….Youtube here I come). The other tools from my dad will go to his brother…a folding ruler and a hand-drill….are in serviceable, although old-fashioned shape. The other grandkids…the two whose names are their own…will get items more suited to their interests. Granddaughter#1 will get a desk scale (my father retired from the CA Dept of Weights and Measures) and the eldest grandson will get my dad’s E-6B (Dad’s first career was as an AF navigator, and this grandson is all about flying).

    But it looks as though Scott and I will be spending our summer working on items meant for our grandkids. I could do very much worse.

    • ghostsniper May 5, 2022, 5:55 PM

      Good luck with your retirement, you earned it. Now find something to do, er, make that, some THINGS to do. Keep occupied. Yeah, sit on the porch some. But have plenty of reasons not to. I have an old almost wore out Lufkin folding 6′ rule that was my dad’s. Went looking around awhile back and found them on amazon. Bought 2 new ones, 1 for me and 1 for my friend. I can’t remember exactly how the pommel on that Estwing is attached, but you’ll need to get it off to slide the new leathers back on. Get an old leather belt at the junk shop and use that. Then spend some quality time with an exacto knife and then some serious sandpaper. I retired 5 years ago but still work full time cause I like it. And still have a hundred other things going on too. I sit on the porch sometimes, mostly thinking about stuff I want to do.

    • Snakepit Kansas May 6, 2022, 6:03 AM

      Yes! Good luck with the retirement. I suspect you have some other good stories besides the mondo one on the C130. We would love to hear them.