Well I guess I have hung out under the shadows of the porch long enough.
Been lurking for maybe a year so I figure I need to evolve a little and
My name is Darin Gasperson. SWMBO (Tina) and five kids. Tampa, Fl
Not a tool collector on purpose. It just so happens that I like hand
tools. For some reason there is just this magnetic draw to a plane
poking its handle head up above other useless sundries on a flea market
bench. I have found my share of gloats and keep some that I consider
good users. The more collectable stuff I usually pass on to those that
are more interested in giving valuables a stationary home. I like new
tools too and plan on obtaining some lie-nielsens at some point. Of
course like a lot of guys I have grandeur plans of making some as well.
I really like chisels and clamps too and can easily find a reason to
justify buying more. You know what they say, "can never have too many
I do have a real obsession. Lumber. Yep fine lumber. I have quite a
stack (close to 30 species) most of which I have acquired through some
sort of deal, discounted price, trade or sometimes top dollar. I am
always trying to figure out some way to get more. I am a tile setter by
trade and have actually done quite a bit of tile work for wood.
The current thread on mahogany prices reminds me of some of the best
deals that I got on mahogany. About 175b.f. of 8/4 that I paid,
(actually traded tile work) $3.50 board foot for. The best part is that
most of it is over ten inches wide some is over fifteen to eighteen and
I got one piece that is 22" wide. Makes me smile just talking about
it. I guess that qualifies as my first gloat. :)
I keep wanting to call myself a woodworker and although I do work with
wood it takes an awful good idea to dig into my wood pile and use some.
My current project is the long needed work bench. I have vowed to not go
on with any other wood projects until it's done. I guess mostly at this
point I am wood collector aspiring to spend as much time working with
wood as possible.
Look forward to adding my two cents from time to time.