George Butler and his self made Mallet.
Sometimes in life, the old way is the best way. Timeless work is work that knows there just is no better way to do it regardless of modern stuff. Such is the case of drilling the shaft log hole. After burning through about 4 feet of 12×12’s I had to call in the expert. George Butler. And man oh man, did he deliver. Bad / good jokes and all. He used old tools, and just kept at it.
One is where I had measured where the hole should go, the other George. At least I knew enough to stop..
Some measuring, lots of measuring. Now I know why I had to learn my Goes-intos. You can see the pencil lines on the block
Just watching him work is a gift. Yes, watch! I had messed up enough. So enjoy today, I chose Black and White because, sometimes timeless is best captured in tones.
Wayne, clamping the blocks of wood together. And yes he is joking around.
A still life of life standing still
A second of time stopped in BW
Using the railway is the best time tested place according to George. We spent a week trying to find a drill press and all sorts of scemes.. George just took it out to the rail and some clamps..
The Drill. I took this photo, in color, to show the ER Dr. Hey! They would want to know what ripped his arm off. We had dialed 91… to speed up the process.
Here is a short video …also in color to get what is involved. 3 sets of old man eyes.
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A human eye. Is it level? Keep it lined up.. Dear god.. And the smell of turpentine! Yup.. I learned something
Yikes, George has got to be in pain today. My photo click finger is even a little sore..
Oh heck ya! The light at the end of the tunnel.
Back to adjusting the angle
The grinder is the tool! George sculpts with it like Rodin. Art! Pure Art.. On a boat part
Ready to go in.. Stay tuned..