[CR]Some craftsman don't quit working, but they do die

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Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2003 05:49:00 -0700
From: Dennis Young <mail@woodworkingboy.com>
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Subject: [CR]Some craftsman don't quit working, but they do die

A little story, somewhat off topic, but I hope for allowances. Some years ago, I was back in Japan for a brief visit. I knew that my former woodworking teacher was getting up there in years, and as he had been in poor health during my last trip (I had visited him every three or four years since completing my apprenticeship), I had hoped to see him at least a final time. Unfortunately, I didn't make it soon enough, and missed his passing by a few weeks. His daughter told me that during his last few months, when he was completely bedridden, he would often be going through the motions of making furniture with his hands, cutting and planing wood while in a semi conscious state. Mr. Nakamiche began his career at the age of thirteen, and died in his late 80s. In his mind it seems, he continued his work up to the very end.

Dennis Young Hotaka, Japan

> Seems to me money and age are not reason enough for some one to not keep
> rekindling the flame. That is if one still has the passion. Appears to
> me
> most learned skills don't fade away once they are learned. Old dogs do
> remember old tricks.
> No facts...just vintage skilled opinion.
> Nick Zatezalo
> Atlanta,Ga