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Posted: 10/29/2006 6:22:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 6:23:36 PM EST by ten-ring]
Just got back from my uncle's little farm. We hunt on his 90+ acres and it's not really a farm we just call it that. Anyway I've always felt pretty handy. I can hammer a nail and fix a few things on my car. I even build the occasional piece of furniture.

My uncle however is like 65 and showed me what he did in the last few months. He built a king size bed from cedar he cut on his own property. He also built a matching cedar chest. Both are absolutely beautiful. He also restored a nice antique dresser.

He rebuilt the engine on his four wheeler and is looking to rebuild this trick little diesel Ford Ranger(1985)he bought for 400 bucks. It's almost impossible to find parts for according to him because most of the production went to Canada or something.

He also supervised the building of a big boathouse /dock that he got paid for and it is like a house.It was 48x22.

He can also snare rabbits and build awesome custom muzzleloaders.He built a walk in freezer for us to store or deer in when we hunt. He said next year he is going to partition the garage it's attached to so we can have a custom processing area. If the shit ever really hit's the fan I know where I'm headed with my arsenal. I'm sure it would be a great placeto holdout and he has enough landto farm if you had to.

He is the type of guy that if he needs something he can build it or find one cheap or invent the thing.He's also oneof the best shots with a rifle that I have ever seen.I've always been a little intimidated by him and still am.I think he could still kick my ass.

I told him some people in this world actually buy there own furniture and pay someone else to work on their cars.Hejust grinned.

He also built most of the log cabin him and my aunt live inand found time to help me with my tree stand today.Kind of makes me think that this is what a good american looks like. Smart, resourceful,inventive, self-sufficient.I can't wait to get down there opening day. 12 or 13 straight years now.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 6:24:46 PM EST
The world needs more people like him.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 6:26:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By Walkure:
The world needs more people like him.


I agree. Some people can just do these types of things though.
I can multi-task like none other, but I couldn't build or fix anything...
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 6:27:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By Btownboy:

Originally Posted By Walkure:
The world needs more people like him.


I agree. Some people can just do these types of things though.
I can multi-task like none other, but I couldn't build or fix anything...


yup and too many "boys" are being rasied by single women and will always be "boys" not Men
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 6:27:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By ten-ring:
Just got back from my uncle's little farm. We hunt on his 90+ acres and it's not really a farm we just call it that. Anyway I've always felt pretty handy. I can hammer a nail and fix a few things on my car. I even build the occasional piece of furniture.

My uncle however is like 65 and showed me what he did in the last few months. He built a king size bed from cedar he cut on his own property. He also built a matching cedar chest. Both are absolutely beautiful. He also restored a nice antique dresser.

He rebuilt the engine on his four wheeler and is looking to rebuild this trick little diesel Ford Ranger(1985)he bought for 400 bucks. It's almost impossible to find parts for according to him because most of the production went to Canada or something.

He also supervised the building of a big boathouse /dock that he got paid for and it is like a house.It was 48x22.

He can also snare rabbits and build awesome custom muzzleloaders.He built a walk in freezer for us to store or deer in when we hunt. He said next year he is going to partition the garage it's attached to so we can have a custom processing area. If the shit ever really hit's the fan I know where I'm headed with my arsenal. I'm sure it would be a great placeto holdout and he has enough landto farm if you had to.

He is the type of guy that if he needs something he can build it or find one cheap or invent the thing.He's also oneof the best shots with a rifle that I have ever seen.I've always been a little intimidated by him and still am.I think he could still kick my ass.

I told him some people in this world actually buy there own furniture and pay someone else to work on their cars.Hejust grinned.

He also built most of the log cabin him and my aunt live inand found time to help me with my tree stand today.Kind of makes me think that this is what a good american looks like. Smart, resourceful,inventive, self-sufficient.I can't wait to get down there opening day. 12 or 13 straight years now.


Wish I Knew more people like that. You should spend as much time as you can with him and learn!
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 6:28:10 PM EST
And he frightens the socialists to death, no doubt. Not being dependant of the government teat is intimidating to some folks.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:46:57 PM EST
We need to find some great minded scientists and clone your uncle and many more just like him.

Just like was said...Visit him often, observe, talk to him about how he does stuff, learn, and pass it on!

God I sometimes really fear what my kids will have to endure when I'm gone.

Tall Shadow
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:48:45 PM EST
so quit whining and go accomplish something with your hands.

the guy in question was not born knowing how to do those things.

Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:52:13 PM EST
So, what did he do after lunch?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:07:45 PM EST
The last time I really felt weak was 20 years ago. I was 58 and was digging a deep trench from my house to the street to connect to the new city water. A guy that lives down the street stopped to help after seeing me struggle with the shovel and axe to cut tree roots. He worked as long and as hard as I did. When we finished he was just barely sweating and wasn't even breathing heavy. He was 82 at the time! After we finished he asked really sarcastically if I needed help with anything else. I got out worked and insulted by someone 24 years older than myself. I hate to admit it but I now treat the kids at work the same way he treated me.z
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:28:32 PM EST
I will have the time and ability to do all those things when I am 65 also because mr happy won't salute anymore.

Untill that happens I just don't have time for other activities.
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