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wdbeckiv

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  1. Wow! That looks sooo cool. Can't wait to see the finished product.
  2. Hey Jeff, Some great reading from everyone. My story goes back To my grandfather who was an avid whittler. He was one of those that you see sitting on the front porch after everything was done relaxing with a knife and a chunk of wood. As an 8 year old, it seemed like he could carve anything. He gave me my first pocket knife. A yellow handle old timer. I'd give anything to find that knife. One year he made all of us grandkids a SIB for Christmas. Nothing elaborate but still enough to amaze all of us. Being the oldest, I was privy to this beforehand and watched him as he put them all together. Each one in a different bottle. It was literally an amazing site to see as was everyone's surprise when they opened them that Christmas. Soon after, he had passed away and the thought of ship building gave way to all the other things related to adolescence. Off and on something would happen that would bring those memories back, even as stated in another story on here, the 4th pirates movie. But it wasn't until a couple of months ago, when I turned 50 and there was this bottle that that i came across, that looked exactly like the one that my grandfather made for me and I had this overwhelming urge to finally give it a try and see if I can't produce the same memories for my future grandchildren that my grandfather did for me and that has led me here to this website and you good people.
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    Hey everyone.....new to the site and somewhat new to the craft. My name is Don. My grandfather used to build these when we were younger and as I was working in the yard today, had a flashback to days gone by. Did a search and this site came up. Figured I would learn and pass on a tradition that brought back a fantastic memory growing up with a man I admired.. Looking forward to learning a great deal from this crowd. My first question is where to begin. I have a cool collection of bottles but no clue where to start. Any suggestions?
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