Jerry M. Honeycutt Jr.
, U.S. Coast Guard Retired (2001), now working as an
IT Manager for Yale University.
I enjoy Photography,
woodworking, fishing, hiking and anything outdoors.
I have been busy for the last 6 years restoring an
old colonial schoolhouse in Winsted Connecticut my
wife, daughter and I live in. I enjoy scouring
antique stores and junk malls for old tools and
woodworking artifacts. A "Newbie" Galoot but
trying to learn something new every day!
Your website and its
contributors have been a real motivator and has
given me some great ideas and tips to improve my
skills. The fantastic people and content
really make for some interesting and informative
reading! Please, keep up the good work.
I discovered that
woodworking, using only hand tools when I could was so
very relaxing and rewarding after a day at the office.
I enjoy tinkering around, making a few of my own gouges,
skews, some chisels and even a knife or two. That
however is a different story.
Living in a small
Northwest Connecticut town I have all of the old antique
dealers who have the time to find all of the good old
iron always on the hunt for me.
A few weeks ago I stopped by a favorite shop and a
dealer friend of mine came upon this old beat up
woodworking mallet at a Vermont estate sale. The
head had been used pretty hard and put up wet more than
once. I got it for the inspirational price of
$5.00! The handle though, oh the handle!
It's slender smooth shape fit my gnarled, calloused and
scarred mitt perfectly! Almost feminine in form,
slender, curvy in the right places. Its color was Tan
and finish supple, a finish and feel that can only come
from years of palm sweat and friction, hardly a scratch
on the handle. It was to be my "Model" and inspiration
for my 2nd or third attempt at building some
mallets that made me happy.