Our Woodworker

The old man made a beautiful riempie bench, modelled after an old one he bought. He made two, so that along with the old one he’d have three, the thought being to give one to each of his three beloved children.

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Made of blackwood; thickness’d and planed; blackwood legs turned in his lathe; olive wood turnings for the backrest uprights; yellowwood inlays routed into the backrest; dovetail joins to hang it all together. The leather riempies were from a kudu he had shot in old South West Africa, where he skinned it and brought the skin and the horns home. Then he took the skin to Marianhill where it was tanned it and cut into riempies.

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Quite something! No wonder he wants it back. Here he is with Mom in his woodworkshop.

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He’d be so proud to see his grandson following in his footsteps:

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