Why is it that I simply cannot go out and buy Christmas presents like everyone else? My what my wife jokingly claims that I am a bit frugal. Well, I probably should agree with her, but there might be more to it than that.
At least for me personally, some of the most cherished and thought full gifts that I have received have been the ones that were handmade. Whether they were a photo book on the first car I built or something as simple as a Christmas ornament, they all mean something so much more than their material possession. So, that might be why I prefer to build my gifts instead of buying them.
This year, it's a Grandfather clock. I know...I know, it has nothing to do with metalworking, but for those who read his site regularly, you know that I like to dabble in woodworking. Plus, I have always wanted to try and build one. So, here it is:
I started with a basically just a dial and a rough sketch of what I wanted it to look like.
I used every clamp that I own and I still needed more...
It still needs to be stained and the doors installed, but it's coming along nicely. The only problem is that Christmas is approaching fast and I still have to make a cedar lined chest for another gift. Oh well, pressure makes diamonds, I guess.