This my father's obituary as it appeared in the Pasadena Star News:Like most obituaries, it focuses on the biographical details of a life, rather than the essential aspects of the man. There is one line in there, however, that hints at who my Dad really was. He was a man a who loved making things. He was a man who loved tools.
When my parents were looking to buy their house, Dad's number one requirement was a detached garage set back from the street.
This was briefly used for auto storage, but it wasn't long before the garage became a workshop.
|photo by Colleen Bray|
It was quickly joined by many, many others.
There are so many different types of tools in this space.
Some are big.
Some are small.
All are well used.
Dad mounted the big, table tools on wheels. This allowed him to arrange his space to best suit each individual project.
My Dad was particularly fond of clamps.He all different types...
As he was fond of saying, "You can't have too many clamps."
In addition to tools, Dad's workshop also includes a lot of tool storage. This includes some store bought bins...but there are also a lot of re-purposed containers.
Coffee cans are everywhere...
and I'm pretty sure I was one of the babies who was raised on this formula.
Instead of affidavits and applications, this cabinet...
now holds tools!
There is so much of my Dad in this space. He's there in the mathematical calculations on a table top...and in the initials on a favorite tool.
It's been one month since my father died. Love you, Dad. I hope that wherever you, there are a lot of tools.