Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Happy Christmas!

When I was a  kid, watching Swiss Family Robinson, I heard the dad say, "Ernst, Happy Christmas!"  That seemed to make more sense to me than Merry Christmas.   I adopted it as my normal greeting....  It stumps folks, too.  Makes their thought process clank up.  I love it.

Christmas this morning was sweet.  Sound asleep when my grown daughter comes running in, "Wake up, it's CHRISTMAS!!!"  "I've been up since six!!"

She came over to celebrate...  What a great kid!

My turn to open my present, and I see this under the paper.......

Can you say "Oh Baby!"

My mouth dropped open, and I stalled out.  My thought process clanked up.  "Heavy box, and it's a Brown & Sharpe?!?!?!?!"

My wife and daughter conspired together this year.  My daughter says, "I looked all over trying to figure out what to get you.  I looked on blogs and threads all over the internet.  Most said don't buy anything, just give them a gift card.  Then I saw this.  I didn't remember seeing one in your shop, so, Merry Christmas!!"

Oh my gosh.......

A thing of beauty is a joy forever!

Satin Chrome, NOS, even has the scribe!!!  How cool is that!

I sent her a video from MrPete222 last year talking about how to buy gifts for a mechanic / machinist / hobby-ist.  And she took it to heart.  My wife got a bit stuck, so she and my daughter worked together to find the perfect thing.  I like Starrett tools, but B&S are my favorites.  How in the world.....

Looking past a want to a need is a very special thing.  That takes knowledge and wisdom.  As you enjoy today, remember that God Himself did that for us.  That's the reason for the season.  Looking past our wants, to what we really needed.  A gift that makes someone into what he was created to be.  As someone who makes stuff almost everyday, that really speaks to me.   I see a block of material, I remove all the stuff that covers the part, and there it is.  What I designed, laid out on the block, machined away the swarf to see and to ultimately use.  Now, it's not a big block of metal, it's a useful part.  Designed and accurately made for a specific purpose.  In the Bible, there is a verse which really illustrates that.  Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Yup, Jesus came to take me and make me something that was fit to do what He wants me to do.  He is The Master Machinist.

Happy Christmas!!


  1. It's late but heartfelt, Happy Christmas.
    Your wife did good.

  2. Happy Christmas to you. I like what you did with the drill press... Being me, I'd wouldn't have painted it.

    I'm planning on a few of those HF grinders you modded. Big sale this weekend... I would NEVER have thought to do that. I have four or five things I used on those, and have to constantly switch something out. I've got three, but two more so as to not switch wheels is brilliant. Thanks for that.

    And thanks for coming back to read what little I produce. Means a lot to me.

  3. Well,besides surviving the holidays, getting worked half to death, spending money like there is no tomorrow on life's little necessities and my wife's 3 day extended birthday celebration, I haven't hardly even set foot out in my garage since my little band saw fiasco. I though I'd stop by and see if there was anything new you have been up to lately.

  4. Man, life reared up and hit back again. Wifely unit had a major remodel project that got sprung. I'm at a loss for words... It's been a rough month so far.

    I'll get back to this, it's just gonna take some time. Sorry about falling off the edge of the world...

  5. Trust me, I get it.
    I have been busier than a one legged man at an ass kicking contest myself.
    Just wanted to let you know I do look for updates. I'll keep stopping by and eventually catch one. In the mean time, a happy wife means a happy life.
    I try to keep mine that way too.

  6. Eventually, you will have to come up for air.
    I'm just checking in, no pressure.