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Author Topic: James Hill has died.  (Read 4148 times)

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Re: James Hill has died.
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2004, 02:31:29 PM »
Tom, you ever think or wonder about at exactly what point in his life when he looked at a cedar tree, or a cedar limb, or a piece of cedar board or furniture, and actually started carving on it.  I doubt if even then he knew that eventually it would become his hobby, and passion.  

In another life, with the right marketing, and with his skills, he probably could have become very rich as an artist in cedar.  However looking at the pictures of you and him on the porch, I'd say he was exactly where he wanted to be at that point in his life, with a good friend, and surrounded by treasures he had made with his own hands.  May we all someday be at that exact late point in our lives, knowing that's EXACTLY where we want to be, despite all the ups and downs we may have had.

It's a blessing that he didn't live to see his life's work and tools stolen and removed.  
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« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2004, 03:01:51 PM »
Amen, brother.   He was a happy fellow. We all measure richness by different rules.  He needed money to live and it seems that he knew how much money it would take.  He never wanted for anything, but I found that he wanted less than most of us.  Happiness to him could be sitting under the tree beside the little pond he had dug beside the house in trade.  He traded the work for some furniture.  He liked his friends and spent a lot of time with them since his wife died.

Now, as happens to most of us, he is a memory.  He will be famous only as long as he is remembered.  I intend to remember him a long time... ......I hope. :)


James did most of his planning and some of his sawing on a covered porch behind the shop.  His 20" planer is to the left and the jointer is to the right.  An assortment of various sizes and shapes of wood stand in the background waiting for someting to catch his eye.

His table saw was a skill saw mounted beneath a table he had built until about a year ago when he finally broke down and bought 10" sears  contractors saw.  I bought the jointer for him one day because he used the home made table saw to square boards and create glue joints.  He had built a fence but trusted his eye more.  He would shave away until the joint suited him. :) :D 
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« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2004, 03:53:03 PM »
  Sorry to hear about James, Tom. I know from past stories that he was special to you.

 Having met with you, on several occasions, I know first hand how good a friend you can be.  I too hope you keep up with stories about James. He sure seemed like a fine feller.
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« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2004, 05:54:17 PM »
I spent the day today building some stands to put our monitors on out of some chunks of cedar slab I saved from the Cedar Eater log that I got over 2 years ago. I also spent the day thinking of James. When I got finished with my monitor stand I signed Jame's name to the bottom.





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« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2004, 06:01:37 PM »
He would like that. :)
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