A master woodcarver I know since I was 3 year old kid, who was my grand dad's neigbourgh has started to give me all his tools.
He is 79, his wife is in very frail condition and he is not carving anymore due to his bad eyesight do his age. They have no sons and he is taking care of her and doing all the household work. I go to visit them two or three times a month and we chat togheter and spend some good time.
He showed me how to sharpen gouges, and although he didn't teach me literally, throughout the years, the hours that he let me stay next to him just looking and asking questions made me learn all I know about woodcarving that is not even a tenth of what he knows. He's made more than 4000 pieces in his life and he used to knock down a figure in two or three days. ( He had to earn his living he says)
He told me today that he wanted me to have all his tools and he has started giving me some of them.
I never asked him for anything and even less that, but he insisted and even got a bit angry when I politely refused and finally after listening to him I accepted. One of the things he told me is that he is sure that I will use them and by using them I'll remember him.
He's been fine tuning and sharpening them, replaced broken handles and leaving them in tip top condition
Honestly I think that I do not deserve them, and I hope not to deceive him.
I'm really overwhelmed and sad because of this, when he told me this I almost burst into tears.
I'm not going to tell how many tools and what are they, and I'm not going to post any pics of them because I find that if I did, it would be disrespectful.
I'm sorry for such a long post but I wanted to share this with you, because I think that only woodworkers can understand fully how I'm feeling.
Thanks for reading and your patience