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Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 2.54.39 PMI’m in the midst of pulling together all the many blog posts and articles we’ve written on saws and sawing in the last 12 years (look for the book “Handsaw Essentials” sometime in October) so I’m spending a lot of time in our archives, wherein I keep running across old and forgotten photos…that I think must have been taken on days we were drinking. I can’t remember – which is a pretty good indication that in fact we were. Or perhaps I’m just getting old.

We used to have a cardboard cutout of Bob Vila, and I do remember Christopher Schwarz stashing him in one of the women’s restroom stalls during a Lie-Nielsen show – because I walked in, opened the stall door and screamed. That sort of thing sticks with a person.

I don’t know what happened to Vila in the move to our new office and shop; I’ve not seen him in years. But now, thanks to my travels into our past, I’ll always have the August 2009 cover shoot by which to remember him. The actual cover, with Glen D. Huey’s Pennsylvania blanket chests, is above.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • gumpbelly

    Come on Megan

    You are not remembering the best part of Bob, was an addition to what his natty attire, initially was………….

    Quite possibly he is wearing the addition in all of those pics 🙂

    I`d bet Chris has him at home, all to himself.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Oh right – the flowered underwear!!!

  • BLZeebub

    I want to see the outtakes. You know, the ones where you’ve already polished off the bottle of single malt or the first case. You know what I’m talking about. Where’s Wikileaks when you need ’em?

  • heidtwd

    Thanks for this, I laughed out loud at you wild and crazy guys!

    • Glen D. Huey

      Thank you for the flashback to Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd. That skit was from way back during my high school days.

  • Mark

    Now, if you could find cardboard cutouts of Roy and Norm to pose together…

    That would be something!

    • zdillinger

      I would kill to have a cardboard cutout of Roy.

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