I came home from my family visit this year with something I've wanted for a long time.
Exciting huh? Haven't you always wanted a Theodolite Transit by Keuffel & Esser!
Not excited yet?
How about now? Does the tri-pod help?
These are some of my father's old engineering and land surveying tools. These slide rules were completely fascinating to me when I was a little girl. I am still completely clueless how to use one but it means a lot to me to have them. These tools are pretty archaic now, but they represent my father's life work and passion. He had a whole drawer full of these framed certificates and licenses but I opted for these 4. I figured they were enough.
I'm not sure what I will do with any of it - probably put it away until I redo our office and incorporate it all there. I think it is fairly obvious that I should make a floor lamp with the tripod. It would be nice if it was 100% wood instead of 50%, but research indicates that if he would have to be about 130 years old right now to have used a totally wooden tripod. That would make me about 104 (or dead)! He didn't do a lot of surveying in the last 40 years, or he would probably have used more modern equipment. But where's the charm in that?
I'm trying to decide whether or not to refinish the box. All that wear represents a lot of work. What do you think? Should I leave the box like it is or refurbish it some?
Make something wonderful today!
Knick of Time