I recently completed a job. It
was a fairly tough job, as much planning and being careful as the
work itself. A good job.
One of our guys (hey Karl) had
a set of chisels he needed help with.
They'd been his grandpas. Only
they were almost gone. It was a well used set of chisels that had
suffered greatly from general honest use and then occasional
negligent abuse in the following time.
Had the pits been much deeper or the
box barely any worse at all, it couldn't have come back like this.
As it was, many tricks pulled out and
some add ins and adjustments had to be made, but it's back.
I tried to keep the grandpa in the
picture as strong as I could but also, slip a little something extra
for future generations. I know this isn't generally done in
restoration to say nothing of conservation.
But in this case
the original fabric was so thin as to be nearly transparent.
So liberties had to be taken anyway and when you're going this
I know if something happens and it
should fall into the hands of strangers down the road, dealers might
be calling it "that schlock" or a road show appraiser trying to make
the person feel bad about it for several reasons because it isn't
The simple fact is, I don't work for
them. The man I worked for in this case wanted it this way and
I heartily agreed. Not a preservation of something that was
all but gone, but the current generation stepping up and taking up
the family reins and heading down the road in style and dignity once
It will leave 2 owners marks on them in the end and the
generations can-see-the tale with their own eyes as they hear the
story. Can't please all the people, but the ones with some
vision, sometimes. :-)
Here is the box closed, all put back
together and cleaned up (major, trust me). That's grandpa
Rookey's stamp, still clear and bright (not an easy save! heh).
Here it is opened. Notice the little
turn-buttons keeping the racks closed and the chisels safe.
Here are the racks in use position. The
same little buttons keep them open just enough for easy access.
Just set them underneath after they've been lifted.
in Happy Camp, CA