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Several things about this picture trouble me.  First and most obvious:  This guy is having tons more fun than I am.  Second, I nearly got whiplash doing a double take when I realized this is taking place in the courtyard of an actual castle.  I was already somewhat aware of that fact, but in this photo it really hits home.

The third thing that kills me:  Look at those tools!  I would kill somebody to have a go with those bad boys — not that my puny muscles would be able to swing those hammers for very long anyway.

Thanks to reader Hmboo for the sweet photo.

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3 Responses to Picture Perfect

  1. kif says:

    Nice. I really like to watch people using historical tools and methods of various trades. There was once a show on PBS with Roy Underhill where he did woodworking with all these ancient tools. The interesting thing is that they were power tools – just not electric power. I think it was called “The Woodright’s Shop” or something. The Foxfire books are also full of pretty cool tools and techniques.

    There are stores such as Lehman’s that sell most of the tools too. Buy an adze today!

  2. Chris W says:

    The Woodwright’s Shop is in its 28th season on many PBS stations. Go to http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/schedule/index.html for your local schedule. It is an excellent show. Roy often seems to do the show in one take because he is sometimes out of breath at the end. He also has guests who cover a wide range of skills, none of which require electric power tools.

    I used to enjoy visiting the stonecutters who made the gargoyles and other carvings for the Washington National Cathedral in DC. It was completed in 1990 after 83 years. One of the gargoyles is Darth Vader!

  3. seraph037 says:

    looks like Harry Potter in his middle age come back to work on all the damage he caused at Hogwarts as a child.

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