I just love the long days of summer. And now that I have my shop to myself - I love that, too. You may know we moved the Hock Tools shop and shipping to our new digs in town about a year ago. It's especially satisfying to be able to enjoy a couple daylight hours puttering around the yard, maybe some off-the-clock time in the shop after a long day in the office. If I just start tidying up, one thing leads to the next and the next and I get an amazing amount done.
I've resurrected tools from the proverbial rust bin, and brought them back to the living where they were intended to be. I like that intention: tools that stay in use long after their maker has met the maker.
You know that deep satisfaction and pleasure you get from restoring an old tool, or a piece of furniture? The process is captivating; you focus on being, doing, making and keeping because it is a good and rightful thing to do. I restore my spirits as I go along, especially during these long days when the light fades late and I feel I have time to lose myself in being, doing, making...Perfect for getting ready for the short days of fall and winter. What a good life, having a shop, fixing up old tools!
Of course, if you need anything from Hock Tools, please let me know.
What You Didn't
Know about Spokeshaves
A wooden spokeshave is to a Windsor chair what a bread knife is to a loaf of sourdough.
Continuous Arm Chair by Mike Dunbar, The Windsor Institute, Hampton
Of course spokeshaves are used to shape more objects than Windsor chairs; but, if you are building one of those iconic chairs, a good spokeshave is a