Father’s day

Well, here we are, another Father’s Day. I know you’re expecting another post on the oxbow series or the next step in the connoisseurship but that’s not where my head is today.

Today I’m thinking about the greatest guy I ever knew, my Dad. He wasn’t a woodworker, he was a computer guy. He really didn’t understand the furniture I make or why I would want to work so hard for so little pay but he supported my dream. He was there when I was just starting out as a woodworker telling his co-workers about me, drumming up jobs where I could learn and expand my skills. He helped my get my first tablesaw, a Sears craftsman 10″ 1hp tablesaw. We put it together in the basement and my woodworking career was launched. I delivered newspapers for months after that tablesaw purchase to pay him back. Oh, I built furniture with it but that was MY money. He was okay with the arrangement.

When I went into the antiquarian book business, he was there too. When I bought a large library through a friend who I would come to know as a second father, my Dad was there with his little Mazda pickup helping me carry out over 85 cartons of extremely heavy books on period furniture, art and architecture.

He was there when I started my own furniture shop. He was there when I was in high school and decided I wanted to learn more about woodworking. Some of my favorite times were when he would get me up early on a Saturday morning and we’d head off to the golf course with his Dad.

Sure, there were the times a little kid I recall my Dad being there. President of the youth bowling league, head of the Boy’s Club, going on my first camping trip as a Boy Scout (a 25 mile backpacking trip on which we got 18″ of snow…my first, his last). We had fun. I miss him.

Jay and Glen, both of you guys recently lost your dad’s. They were both special to me as well. They too will be missed. Happy Father’s Day guys. We had good ones.

To everyone else who reads this have a happy Father’s Day if you are one, or if you just have one.

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4 thoughts on “Father’s day

  1. Chuck,

    I understand the emmotion of your father. I lost my dad a few years ago and I know he was very proud of my craftsmanship, such as it is.

    My father’s day was great. It could have been better since my daughter had to work. My son came down from Nashville and brought me a copy of the Colonial Williamsburg book of Southern Furniture 1630 to 1850.

    It is filled with inspirational pictures and descriptions

    I have much to learn and much to build.

    Thanks, Chuck.

    Charlie M.

  2. Well as my log in name suggests yes I’m a father too like many of you here. The biggest diffence is I would consider my self a young dad ( still in training) as many of you here your children have left the nest. My children started calling me daddy-o a few years back and it just stuck.
    Chuck I did want to thank you for this post as I read it yersterday I was not ready to post a respones but instead gave your post time to sink in and reflect on my father. He is turning 80 this year and is in declining health the last few years. The biggest thing Is we live kind of far apart for a day trip to see him. It’s more like a week end trip which doesn’t happen as much as it should. Chuch thanks again for making me think of all the great times I had with my father. Hopefully all Dad’s who read this had a great day with there children. Chuck if your Dad could see you now with all this BLOGGing your doing I’m sure he would smile being a computer guy and everything.

  3. Chuck,

    Nice words about your father and fathers in general.

    This was a Father’s Day with mixed emotions for me. I enjoyed time with my children but, this was the first Father’s Day without my father whom I lost in February. Like you with your father, I too have fond memories of mine.

    Hope you had a great Father’s Day.

    –Mark
    The Craftsman’s Path

  4. Charlie,

    Father’s Day can’t get much better than getting a copy of Southern Furniture 1630 to 1850. And to the comment about your ‘craftsmanship, such as it is’, I’ve seen the pictures of the clocks you have lots of which to be proud. Keep up the good work. Sorry your daughter had to work.

    daddy-O,

    No matter what stage in life your kids are, you’re “still in training” as a dad. I’m sure if mine were still here, he’d be wondering how to handle the million questions I’d have for him on this blogging thing.

    Mark,

    I am sorry to hear about your recent loss. My father passed four years ago in February and, as you can tell from my inept attempt at posting something meaningful, it can still be tough. I hope you had a great day remembering your father.

    The hardest part of writing the post was trying to figure out how to convey the great things my father did and how he loved his children. Fathers tend to get a bum wrap in this day and age. I’m glad mine was someone I am proud to look up to.

    Through my stepson, I’ve gotten pretty involved in Boy Scouting again for the first time since I was a kid. It still amazes, and moves me every time I sit on an Eagle scout board of review and the kid is asked who his hero is and he replies “my dad”. I just hope I’ve been half as inspirational to my son in his life as mine was to me. My wife and I must have done something right, he sat for his Eagle board in April and achieved what I did not.

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