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Connection to the Past

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from the SouthWest of Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About this photo: “I am a sentimental old fellow. I am blessed to have many tools and such that belonged to my dad and my granddad. I even carry the name of both of them in my first and middle moniker. I have had this old Millers Falls drill for a good while. It’s design and mechanism have always cried out to be photographed. It also gives me the tender grace of feeling my PaPa Jim’s solid hands upon it. The best hand drills ever made came out of the Millers Falls factory in the first half of the 20th century. While many people used these drills for boring holes in metal, the tools proved remarkably adept at becoming the first generation of cordless drills for woodworking. These drills are today called eggbeater drills because of the way the drive mechanism works. The main gear turns either one or two pinions on the tool’s shaft to turn the chuck backward or forward, just like an old kitchen eggbeater. 

Be warmed by connection to your past!”

More from Jim at his website.


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6 comments on “Connection to the Past

  1. meticulousmick
    January 18, 2014

    Great shot and interesting warm write up. MM 🍀


  2. suej
    January 18, 2014

    I agree, I can be quite sentimental at times, and love to have one or two items that connect me to people in my past… Nice post.


  3. bumblepuppies
    January 18, 2014

    Excellent photo. Aside from the artistic quality, it made me want to know what it was.


  4. spartacus2030
    January 18, 2014

    Interesting! Like riding a bike to turn your lights on :O)


  5. Tina Schell
    January 18, 2014

    Love the shot, love the tool, love the generational aspect. Nicely done


    January 18, 2014

    I have one of these! Love this!


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