Father’s Day is 30 days away! I’ve had my Father’s Day present ready for awhile, and it includes a book from the Great Smoky Mountains Association that I found on a trip to Pigeon Forge. It’s also available here:
With my schedule, it ended up soaking for a couple of days, and the steel wool worked like a champ!
The handle got clean with Murphy's Oil Soap, then darkened once I added butcher block oil after burning some patterns into the handle. I'm considering adding some dark paint to sharpen the decorations again.
I got some other tools from my dad's garage. My youngest and I dug through for treasures, and he told us about the older family pieces. He still had a wash basin from his grandfather, and he showed us the tools that he got from his uncle. Uncle Frank had painted them yellow long ago so that he could find them in the grass, and Dad says he thinks of him every time he picks one up.
It's so neat when you discover pieces you figured would be lost to time. Allison's mom sent this fantastic memory that her father kept for decades.
And it's nice to make those valued pieces. Photo mugs are easier to create than ever - I'm a fan of Snapfish - and would give Dad a smile over his morning coffee. Coffee mugs are also a good way to present gift cards, watches, etc.