Week 49: #52 Ancestors – Craft
By Eilene Lyon
My maternal grandfather, Laurence M. Smith, was a crafty man in more than one way. He loved to play practical jokes. He used his wit in a cunning, sneaky way. But he also like to make things, especially in his retirement years.
It isn’t surprising that woodworking was one hobby. I used to have a candlestick he turned on a lathe.
He and Grandma like to collect agates and other pretty pebbles on the Oregon beaches. Under a pile of pillows in the guestroom closet, the rock tumbler whirred and clattered away, polishing the uneven stones.
When done, Grandpa would use the prettiest agates to make jewelry. The bracelet and tie pin that I had went away with the burglar, so I can’t show you those, either.
Grandpa painted as well, but I don’t know what happened to all those pictures. This is getting a bit depressing!
One thing I can share with you is his hooked rug project. After he finished the yarn work, Grandma sewed it up into a pillow for me. You can see the finished piece above.