DIY With My Dad and a Tour of His Workshop
My Dad enjoys using the workshop he built. He likes using hand tools and taking his time to create his own ax handles, wooden mallets, splitting wedges, hearth brooms, and other handy objects. His workshop sees a lot of action when my Dad isn’t in the garden!
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Last week I visited with my Dad and got a tour of his workshop and some first-hand demonstrations of how he makes canes and walking sticks. You can read the instructions for how he makes them from saplings he harvests from his woodlot in my article DIY Cane or Walking Stick on my new website The New Homesteader’s Almanac.
He has all kinds of raw materials on hand, along with ready to use ax handles, finished products, and the tools he uses for creating them!
Tour of My Dad’s Workshop and Some of His Tools
My Dad likes collecting tools, salvaging materials, and repurposing things to fit his projects. Oh sure, he likes new tools too! But he has a much deeper appreciation for hand tools that have a story behind them. There’s a lot of history in his workshop and a lot of raw materials in case he starts a new project.
The barn and workshop were built from salvaged materials and my brother helped him with that project. That barn has lumber from other old barns that my Dad tore down. Some of the wood came from an old horse barn. I remember being a kid when he tore that barn down, salvaged the lumber, and hauled it home. He’s gotten a lot of use out of that horse barn that was falling into disrepair.
Here Are Some of His Hand Tools
He showed me his very first
and the first wood plane he ever bought…
I have some videos on my YouTube channel from my Dad’s workshop too!
In this video he shows us the first wood plane he ever bought, his drawknives, and sharpening stones that he uses for different purposes.
He has a pretty impressive collection of drawknives for different purposes such as removing bark and shaping wood. There’s a whole drawer full of sharpening stones in his workshop, ready for any dull blade he picks up.
The workshop is stocked with a lot of files, rasps, and carving tools that he puts to good use on his homemade projects. Many of them have handles he created, like the one below.
He’s been picking up carving tools whenever he sees them for a decent price. These ones are used for shaping wooden spoons and other handmade objects.
Here is the meat saw my Great Grandpa used for butchering pigs on the farm!
Creations from Dad’s Workshop
Quite a few people have benefitted from my Dad’s creativity. He gives canes and walking sticks to his family, friends, and he also donates them to fundraisers. The American Legion chapter he belongs to has raised money from his walking sticks.
He has quite a stash of canes on hand for donations or anyone who needs them!
There are some canes in his workshop, along with all kinds of salvaged and raw materials.
He makes his own wood mallets…
and simple wood wedges for splitting logs…
and I have some of his walking sticks and a cane…
Somewhere I have a hearth broom like the ones below…
I’m glad to have handmade things that my Dad has given me!
You can also read about the canning cupboard he made for me.
I had a nice visit with my parents and my inlaws! I hope you enjoyed this tour of my Dad’s workshop and some of his many creations.
You may also see photos of the area where I grew up in my post, Visiting Family in New York.
In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.
The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.