To Our Friend...
We have not met Gary
Katsanis or his
family face-to-face, but in the world where the material
and the virtual blend via the Internet, we feel we know
him. Many of us have made a special bond with
people of shared interests who are scattered in space,
but brought together by hand tools, woodworking, and
related matters. So Gary is someone we would try
to look up if we found ourselves “close to Buffalo, NY,
USA.” Through the OldTools list we have already
been close to Buffalo, in a way.
Because of these
connections, close in feeling even though distant by
miles, we are now grieving with Gary over his immense
loss. Because of what we share, we can identify
with him and his family, and with some of what he’s been
going through, even though it cannot be really
comparable. We’ve used our tools, worked on our
projects and our houses, shared our stories in print and
pictures, and loved our families.
While most of us can't know
Gary’s pain, we share it, as we too value our children,
and can't imagine losing one of them. Many of us
in the Galoot community are keeping Gary and his loved
ones in our hearts and prayers.
A lot of us have
re-examined our lives, and feel closer to those we care
about, including Gary and the OldTools community.
We are aware that there is a healing process ahead for
Gary, where he and his family will want to draw closer,
and find a way to continue on without their precious
Amanda. May their principles and their faith be
If there is anything any of
us can do we hope Gary and anyone else will reach out.
We’ll be here for you.
Group of Anonymous
A Funeral Urn (Box)
I recently volunteered to
make a box to contain the ashes of the 11 year old
daughter of one of our Old Tools List members. I thought
others might be interested in seeing the box.
I used Watco oil for the
finish, then hand rubbed and waxed it. The box was
entirely made using hand tools.
I was asked to carve a duck on the top
of the box. I decided that the duck should look like one
that a child would like, rather than a realistic duck.
So I carved first example.
When the family saw it in preview, they
asked that I flatten the background and the area under the duck’s
tail. Which produced this:
The final version has some darkening of
the wing feathers. Another suggestion from my wife.
The difference in the color of the wood
is caused by the fact that the sun was out for the first picture,
and the second picture was taken under an overcast sky. (As were the
remainder of the pictures. No shadows)
Here are pictures of the finished box:
I decide to use a frame within a frame to set off the carving. I
used the same texture around the carved frame that I used under the
duck. That was a suggestion from my wife. And it turned out to be a
very good suggestion. I think this would appeal to an 11 year old
Bottom of the box with removable bottom.
My original plan was to
make the box with sharp, mitered square edges. The family wanted
radiused edges. This precluded me from making mitered corners.
Instead, I used simple butt joints which show end grain on the
I am proud to have been
able to make this little box for a little girl I never met.