I was watching an episode of 'The Woodwrights Shop' the other day where, the host, Roy Underhill, was making a wood mallet using only old hand tools. It got me to thinking about my ancestors and a time when there were no Wal-Marts or Home Depots to run to pick up the latest tools when you needed one. Almost everything they had was made by their own hands or getting by bartering with someone else who did make them. I personally would have a hard time living without these stores or even electricity to run my grinders, saws and wood burners. I have an old shotgun that my Grandpa Duncan carved many, many years ago by hand, which is a prized possession. I can just see him setting on his old front porch, whittling out he stock and painstakingly putting a checkerboard design on it with a pocket knife. I wonder what other things he had made in his life? It just gives me a deeper understanding and appreciation for him and those that came before him.