I've been filling out my collection of FWW mags for a little over a
year now, and I'm nearly done. Been getting many of them on Ebay, but
haven't had much luck finding the remaining issues at reasonable
prices there. I'm tired of searching through verbose descriptions and
fighting with "collectors" who will pay anything for an early issue,
so I figure I'll ask here. If anyone is selling, I'd be interested in
the following (by issue number):
1-19, 31, 99, 104-109, 128, 129, 141
I've been paying around $3 per issue, and don't really care about the
condition (as long as it's readable). I'm buying them to use, not to
put them in little bags or to turn a profit. I'll also consider
trading, as I have a number of duplicates in my own collection. If
interested, email me at john email@example.com
Thanks in advance,
This is gonna sound like a Tom Watson story. That's what I thought about
as it was happening, anyhow. You see, I've been lurking here for about a
year or so, and I like Tom's posts a lot better than some of the others
that break out from time to time.
Issue #1, along with a stack of maybe 30 other issues, was part of a recent
gift to me from an old family friend.
A month, maybe six weeks ago, he dropped by on a Saturday morning, and
asked me to come over that afternoon, and bring my pickup truck. There was
some wood that needed moving. I told him it would be about 4 pm before I
could come, but that was all right with him.
I'd spent Friday afternoon and Saturday morning working on a couple of
projects for, and with, my Dad. My mom passed away the first week of
October, and, even though she had been in poor health for quite some time,
it was, and remains, a challenging time for us all. When we got done, I
sent those home with him in my pickup, and borrowed his SUV for a couple of
days. So I was in a reflective mood when I drove the couple of miles up to
Stan's place to help him move some wood.
Turns out that what Stan wanted me to do was help him clear out some of his
wood stash, some of which he'd been collecting over several decades. He
builds stringed instruments for the pure pleasure of the craft. Guitars,
ukeleles, a violin or two, mostly for the beauty of the wood. No one in
his family plays. It's just been a hobby he could manage to fit in around
all of the other good things he's done with his lovely wife over the years.
And now his health is seriously failing, and he doesn't want to leave her
with the burden.
So we worked for as long as he could manage, in the wood storage space
under his house, pulling out wonderful boards, each of which came with a
story regarding where he gathered it. My wife held the door, the light,
and helped me load these into my father's SUV until it was overloaded.
Cherry, several kinds of oak, hickory, curly and spalted maple, straight
grained cedar and fir, and pieces of dark wood collected on trips to Mexico
and beyond. More than we could handle. More effort than was really good
for Stan, in his condition.
But he was passing on to me a responsibility, I guess because he saw in me
a somewhat (not that much, really) younger person who appreciates the art
and the craft, and the beauty in the materials with which we are blessed.
So no, that Issue #1 wasn't $3. And this isn't a gloat. It is an
expression of thanks for the many blessings of friends and craftsmen and
(no witty sig line yet. Sorry.)
A local (San Diego) woodworker placed an ad in our association's
newsletter offering about 20 years of magazines for free. The only
stipulations were some were missing pages and that the taker had to
take all the magazines. I jumped at the offer, and among the goodies
were Issue 1 of FWW, along with 100 of the next 151 issues. There
were also a great many ShopNotes and WoodSmith, and some miscellaneous
issues of other magazines. I received this bounty about two months
ago, and still haven't gone through all the magazines. Still haven't
found any missing pages.
No gloat, just a story about one really nice woodworker and one very
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