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Old 03-03-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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My Grandpaw was not strictly a mason (he was a Mason, though), he did everything from masonry to framing and was a locomotive diesel mechanic to boot. I spent a lot of time with them since I was born at college. They did not believe in toys, per se, my toys at the Grandparent's house were wood blocks and nuts and bolts and tools used for lawn maintenance, plus shovels and wheelbarrows to collect cow manure.

At any rate, My Grandpaw had both a toolshed and a shop, we were not allowed in the shop as kids, but we were encouraged to play in the toolshed. There my brothers and I played with our wood blocks, nuts and bolts and and anything else we could reach, including nails, wood and hammers. It had a very distinctive smell, oils, metal, wood, and the various combinations thereof.

This morning when I opened my toolshed (tiny compared to his), the smell hit me and I sat down and cried. It was the exact smell from 40 years ago, and I sat and enjoyed it for an hour or so before I got busy.
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Here is a picture of Terry Albert Scarborough on his tractor, bought used from the county. He cleared and maintained his 13 acres of Mississippi bottomland for 20 years after he bought this old used up tractor and I spent a lot of hours riding the bushhog holding on tight behind him.


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This is a picture of my Great-uncle Woodrow using the dozer he bought from the county clearing the site for my Grandparents house.

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Contemplating the days work ahead (building the carport).

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The sense of smell is a powerful thing indeed - I think we've all had these experiences at one time or another.

Anything that can bring me back 40 years...I'm all for it
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This morning when I opened my toolshed (tiny compared to his), the smell hit me and I sat down and cried. It was the exact smell from 40 years ago, and I sat and enjoyed it for an hour or so before I got busy.

Thank you for triggering the memories in me. For me,it was my Grandfather's basement. I still have the wooden sword he made me almost 60 years ago,silver paint and all. I will tell you what,you could not buy that sword from me with a million bucks. I can guarantee that !
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Wow !Tscarborough,i do not know how i missed it on first look Front and center hanging on wall,the high wheel cultivator,i still have my Grandfather's. Matter of fact use it every year. Do not forget to put linseed oil on handles !
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That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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Wheres the beer shed?
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My Grandpaw used that cultivator for his one acre garden, I use it for my tiny patch even though it is more trouble than it is worth to do so.
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Memories like these are GREAT. Thanks!
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Every time I walk past a body shop it takes me back to my Grampa's shop when I was 5. The smell of bondo dust and lacquer thinners. When you say powerful memories your right. My Grampa wound up with alzheimer's.
Was a very sad year for me.

Thank you for the thread sorry about your Grampa. I loved mine to no end as I am sure you did.
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Love that smell also. When the oil and gas soak into the wood for 50 years.
Old trucks too. The old grease smell I think....and ancient gasoline.
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This morning when I opened my toolshed (tiny compared to his), the smell hit me and I sat down and cried. It was the exact smell from 40 years ago, and I sat and enjoyed it for an hour or so before I got busy.


thank you for this! truely. I remember the smell like yesterday. Gas.... grass clippings.. a little oil. Those were the days I used to watch cowboys and indians on tv, and ventured out into the woods at six with my trusty pocketknife to make boobie traps.
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thank you for this! truely. I remember the smell like yesterday. Gas.... grass clippings.. a little oil. Those were the days I used to watch cowboys and indians on tv, and ventured out into the woods at six with my trusty pocketknife to make boobie traps.
All things, unfortunately, that most kids today don't know of & probably won't ever be "allowed" to do anymore.
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Great post. Like others here the memories of my Granpa's tool shed come flooding back. I am fortunate enought to have a few of my Grandpa's tools and no way will I part with them.
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yeah, my dad had a bushhog and Farmall tractor when I was growing up Nice memories.....
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All things, unfortunately, that most kids today don't know of & probably won't ever be "allowed" to do anymore.
When i was a kid in the early '80s, 6 or 7, my father gave me a pocket knife. Big speech about how he felt that I was old enough and responsible enough to know how to use it, my new prized possession. He showed me how to whittle and not to cut towards myself, how to test whether it was sharp etc... Also showed me how to sharpen it because a dull knife is dangerous. I took it to school the next day to show my friends and it was confiscated by the lunch lady who claimed it was a weapon. At age 6 I knew that the world was a different place than i thought it was

edit. I love tool sheds. I've always liked how you find mickeys hidden all over them.
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Every once in a while in the winter I will get a whiff of a wood stove that reminds me of the smell of my grand parents place. That memory takes me back to when I was a wee tot visiting them for the first time that I remember. Incredible how powerful that sense can be.

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